CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW LIVE: Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and European clubs to discover their group stage opponents
- The Champions League group stage gets underway in Nyon from 4pm BST
- Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea await their fate
- Latest Champions League news, live action and results can be found here
- Find out the Champions League pots for the group stage right here
- Follow Sportsmail’s coverage to find out who English clubs will be drawn with
The draw for the group stage of the Champions League is moments away as Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United fans look to avoid the group of death in Europe’s elite club competition.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be in pot one and will be keen to avoid the top teams. But they still face the risk of landing strong adversaries such as Barcelona and Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, who knocked them out last season.
Their English compatriots City, United and Chelsea will be in pot two with the daunting prospect of facing the defending champions Bayern Munich as well as finalist PSG, Real Madrid and Juventus among others.
Find out the group stage draw results by following Sportsmail’s coverage with NATHAN SALT as we discover the fates of English and European top-flight clubs.
The draw can often be excruciating with all the procedure that goes into it but it is worth a refresh as we prepare to get going in less than 15 minutes.
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Now, this is important, but is often forgotten.
When the draw is made and fans begin frantically working out the pros and cons of their groups, note that the fixture list will NOT be revealed today.
UEFA have confirmed the full fixture list for the group stage will be communicated on Friday evening after taking into account the calendars of participating clubs and stakeholders.
A date for the diary.
So, what are the best and worst-case group stage scenarios?
That is the most important question for Liverpool, Chelsea, City and United fans, ultimately.
In one breath you have the group of death and the next you’re counting your lucky stars that the draw gods have fallen in your favour.
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For a lot of European heavyweights, getting into the group stage is the bare minimum expectation for the Champions League.
For others, like FC Midtjylland, the group stage = party time. Great to see.
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It’s a good question. Premier League champions Liverpool are in pot one but just look at the make-up of pot two.
Some tremendous sides!
Pot 1: Bayern Munich (Germany), Juventus (Italy), Liverpool (England), Paris Saint-Germain (France), Porto (Portugal), Real Madrid (Spain), Sevilla (Spain), Zenit St Petersburg (Russia)
Pot 2: Ajax (Netherlands), Atletico Madrid (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Chelsea (England), Manchester City (England), Man United (England), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
Pot 3: Atalanta (Italy), Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Inter Milan (Italy), Krasnodar (Russia), Lazio (Italy), Olympiacos (Greece), RB Leipzig (Germany), Red Bull Salzburg (Austria)
Pot 4: Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany), Club Brugge (Belgium), Ferencvaros (Hungary), Istanbul Basaksehir (Turkey), Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia), Marseille (France), Midtjylland (Denmark), Rennes (France)
So, just 39 days after Manuel Neuer threw aloft the Champions League title in Lisbon as Bayern Munich overcame Paris Saint-Germain, it is time for the group stage draw for 2020-21.
Welcome, thanks for joining me, and we are now less than an hour away from UEFA delegates getting things underway at their headquarters in Nyon.
Stick with me and I shall take us through who gets who and what it all means with a particular focus on Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
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