The football season is here again and the UEFA champions league is about to kick off. 32 European football teams have been confirmed as participants in the 2019/20 season of the champions league.
There will be a selection process to divide the various teams into different groups. This season’s group-stage draw will be held in its usual location of the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, France on Thursday, at 18:00 CET.
The draw goes through a standard process. There are four pots in all, with the eight groups made up of one team from each pot. Teams from the same country cannot be drawn against one another at this stage of the competition.
Meanwhile, Liverpool who are currently the champions of Europe are are in pot one alongside the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City, who are there as champions of their domestic leagues.
The various pots are as follows:
Pot one: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG, Zenit
Pot two: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham, Benfica, Ajax
Pot three: Bayer Leverkusen, Red Bull Salzburg, Valencia, Inter Milan, Lyon, Olympiacos, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb
Pot four: Galatasaray, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Lille, Lokomotiv Moscow, Genk, Slavia Praha, Red Star Belgrade.
The matches in the group stages kick off on September 16, with six group games running through to mid-December.
The UEFA Champions League is an annual club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations and contested by top-division European clubs, deciding the best team in Europe