The Champions League draw is today and that means it's time once again to put all of our hopes and dreams in the hands of little white balls. As you may know, Real Madrid won the competition last season and they'll be looking to be the first repeat champions since A.C. Milan did it in the late 1980s. That mission begins today.
Here are the pots which will determine the groups.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Porto
Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk, Basel, Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester City
Bayer Leverkusen , Olympiakos, CSKA Moscow, Ajax, Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon, Galatasaray, Athletic Bilbao
Anderlecht, Roma, APOEL Nicosia, BATE Borisov, Ludogorets, Maribor, Monaco, Malmo
So what rules are we working with here? Well, it's simple as there are only two. First, each Champions League group will contain one team from each pot. Second, teams from the same league are not able to face each other in the group stage (in this case, Real Madrid will not be able to draw Athletic Bilbao).
And that's it! Who do you want to draw? Who do you want to avoid? Discuss below!
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