The UEFA Champions League group stage doesn’t get underway until September 17, but the fun starts on Thursday when the groups are determined. Just after 11:30 a.m. ET, UEFA will conduct the draw for the group stage in Monaco.
Playoffs for the final stage concluded on Tuesday and Wednesday with minimal surprise. Olympique Lyonnais was probably the biggest name to miss out on the group stage, with Spain’s fourth-place finishers Real Sociedad taking them out. Fenerbahce lost 5-0 to Arsenal, but they wouldn’t have made the group stage even if they managed an upset. They were kicked out of European competition for match fixing.
If you’re wondering how the pots could potentially play out, here’s a tool to test various possibilities.
|#1||Bayern Munich||Atletico Madrid||Zenit St. Petersburg||FC Copenhagen|
|#2||Barcelona||Shakhtar Donetsk||Manchester City||Napoli|
|#3||Chelsea FC||AC Milan||Ajax||Anderlecht|
|#4||Real Madrid||Schalke 04||Borussia Dortmund||Celtic|
|#5||Manchester United||Marseille||FC Basel||Steaua Bucharest|
|#6||Arsenal||CSKA Moscow||Olympiacos||Viktoria Plzen|
|#7||FC Porto||Paris Saint-Germain||Galatasaray||Real Sociedad|
|#8||Benfica||Juventus||Bayer Leverkusen||Austria Wien|