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When is Champions League draw and who has qualified for group stage?


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uropean football’s bigggest and best teams will today learn their first opponents for the 2021-22 Champions League season with the group stage draw.

The Champions League group stages kick off in September, with 32 teams in the draw ready to compete for the trophy that Chelsea lifted in Porto last season.

Thomas Tuchel’s Blues will be among the favourites again this season given their miserly defence and the addition of £97.5million Romelu Lukaku, though last season’s beaten finalists Manchester City will be out for revenge after adding £100m Jack Grealish to their ranks.

Manchester United have also added real quality in £73m Jadon Sancho and £34m Raphael Varane, while Liverpool won the competition in 2018 and have plenty of know-how in their squad.

PSG will be undoubted favourites after adding Lionel Messi to their star-studded squad, though Bayern Munich have to be among the frontunners.

When is the Champions League draw?

Date: The Champions League group-stage draw takes place today – Thursday, August 26, 2021 – in Istanbul, Turkey.

UK time: The draw will commence at 5pm BST.

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Which teams have qualified for the Champions League?

Pot One: Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Atlético Madrid, Villarreal, Inter Milan, Sporting Lisbon, Lille

Pot Two: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund

Pot Three: Porto, Ajax, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Benfica, RB Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk


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