UCL group stage draw: Assessing Real Madrid’s possible opponents

UCL group stage draw: Assessing Real Madrid’s possible opponents

UCL group stage draw: Assessing Real Madrid’s possible opponents

Liverpool are the highest-ranked side in Pot 3, hence why they stood to move up to Pot 2 should Benfica have gone out to PAOK on Wednesday evening.

Manchester City share a pot with Champions League and Europa League winners, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are both placed in pot two, along with Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Roma.

Manchester United will find out their Champions League group stage opponents on Thursday - but we can already take a look at the seedings for the draw.

The Reds' fourth-place finish in the Premier League last season earned them automatic qualification for the 2018-19 edition of the tournament in which they were runners-up in May. No teams from the same country can be drawn in the same group and Uefa has also ruled that clubs from Russian Federation and Ukraine cannot face one another.

Real Madrid have reignited their interest in signing Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, according to Sky Sports.

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Now that the play-off games have concluded and the pots have been agreed, fans can now start to work out their ideal draw and the worst case scenario. Galatasaray is the cliched "tough place to go" in the Champions League, while Swiss Super League side Young Boys make their debut in the competition.

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Real Madrid beat Sterling's former club Liverpool in the Champions League Final in 17/18 to claim their third consecutive European Trophy.

Milos Degenek scored the goal to send Red Star into the Champions League group stage.

This will come as a blow to Liverpool, who could potentially now face a much harder group when they are revealed tomorrow night.

But clubs will just have to wait for the luck of the draw, which is set to begin at 17.00 BST on Thursday.

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