Manchester City will enter tomorrow’s Champions League group stage draw in Pot 1 for the first time ever as the champions of England. The previous two times City won the league, UEFA used a coefficient system and since then, champions from Europe’s top-ranked leagues have automatically gone into Pot 1.
It gives City hope of a kind group, although in Europe’s predominant cup competition it is never truly easy, but being in Pot 1 means the Blues can’t face the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and PSG in the group stage.
It could still be tough for Pep Guardiola’s men though, with a hypothetical ‘Group of Death’ being City, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Inter Milan.
On the other hand, if the draw goes City’s way they could be matched with Shakhtar Donetsk, PSV Eindhoven and Young Boys for example, a group you’d expect City to win with some comfort.
The confirmed list of pots for Thursday’s draw, which will take place at around 5pm BST, is as follows:
Pot 1: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Lokomotiv Moscow
Pot 2: Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica, Napoli, Tottenham, Roma
Pot 3: Liverpool, Schalke, Lyon, Monaco, CSKA Moscow, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia
Pot 4: Viktoria Plzen, Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Young Boys, Inter Milan, Hoffenheim, Red Star Belgrade, AEK Athens
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