Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United “provided” they get past Brugge on Wednesday night, will discover their fates in Monaco on Thursday in the UEFA champions League group draw.

Following a change in the regulations, pot 1 for the draw will now be formed entirely of the holders of the competition as well as the winners of the top seven domestic leagues in Europe.

This means the league winners from England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France, Russia and the Netherlands will all make up the first pot, alongside competition holders Barcelona, who also won the Spanish title last season.

So Pot 1 will be constituted of Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus, FC Porto, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St Petersburg and PSV Eindhoven

So, elite teams like Real Madrid who failed to win the League last season is demoted to pot 2 despite boasting a higher UEFA coefficient ranking than any other team in the competition. Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Benfica also holds the top eight place in the rankings according to UEFA coefficient but would get to pot 2.

The new system means that Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United if they qualify, all face the daunting prospect of drawing the likes of giants like Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

When is the draw?

The draw will take place Thursday, August 27 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco at 4:45 pm GMT.

The pots so far:

As the playoffs are yet to be concluded, the full pots are not available. So far, these are the pots.

Pot 1: Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern München, Juventus, Benfica, Saint-Germain, Zenit and PSV Eindhoven.

Pot 2: Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, FC Porto, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United (assuming they qualify)

Pot 2 or 3: Sevilla, Olympique Lyonnais, Dynamo Kyiv

Pot 3: Olympiacos, Galatasaray

Pot 3 or 4: Roma, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg

Pot 4: Gent

This season, the final will take place at the iconic stadium of Milan San Siro on 28th May 2016.


    Snehanjan Banerjee closely follows English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A along with other world football events.

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