The Champions League group stage draw is complete, and it has given us several high-profile clashes early in the competition. Barcelona and Juventus have been drawn together in Group D, and Bayern Munich will play PSG in Group B.
The “Group of Death,” however, might be Group H, where Real Madrid, the defending champion and favorite, is matched with Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham.
Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Roma are also together in Group C.
Here are the full groups:
2017-18 Champions League groups
Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, FC Basel, CSKA Moscow
Group B: Bayern Munich, PSG, Anderlecht, Celtic
Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, FK Qarabag
Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiacos, Sporting CP
Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, NK Maribor
Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord
Group G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig
Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, APOEL Nicosia
The group stage begins in three weeks with opening round matches on Sept. 12 and 13. Here is the full schedule:
Matchday 1: September 12-13
Matchday 2: September 26-27
Matchday 3: October 17-18
Matchday 4: October 31-November 1
Matchday 5: November 21-22
Matchday 6: December 5-6
Groups A, B, C and D will kick off the competition on the 12th.
Here are the four pots out of which the 32 group stage participants were selected at Thursday’s draw:
POT 1: Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Spartak Moscow
POT 2: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Manchester City, Porto, Manchester United
POT 3: Napoli, Tottenham, Basel, Olympiacos, Anderlecht, Liverpool, Roma, Besiktas
POT 4: Celtic, CSKA, Sporting CP, APOEL Nicosia, Feyenoord, NK Maribor, FK Qarabag, RB Leipzig
For more on the group stage and the 2017-18 competition, here are our power rankings of the 32 teams still in contention for the grand prize.
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