Champions League group stage draw: Pots, how to watch in the USA

The UEFA Champions League pots are set for Thursday’s group stage draw following the conclusion of six playoff round ties this week.

Here, we’ll recap the playoff ties before giving you the full pots for the draw as well as detail who Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United can draw.

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The pots may look a bit funny given Sevilla winning the Europa League and earning a spot in Pot 1. The second pot is brutal.

Remember that teams from the same domestic league cannot be drawn against each other in the group stage.

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Three Premier League teams in Pot 2 mean that Liverpool knows it can only draw one of five teams from that pot: Ajax, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, and Shakhtar Donetsk.

At least three of those are tasty given Jurgen Klopp and/or the Reds’ history, especially now that Atletico Madrid, the club that dethroned them, has signed former Reds mega striker Luis Suarez.

UEFA Champions League group stage draw pots

Pot 1

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Juventus
Liverpool
Paris Saint-Germain
Porto
Real Madrid
Sevilla
Zenit Saint-Petersburg” data-reactid=”33″>Bayern Munich
Juventus
Liverpool
Paris Saint-Germain
Porto
Real Madrid
Sevilla
Zenit Saint-Petersburg

Pot 2

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Atletico Madrid
Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea
Manchester City
Manchester United
Shakhtar Donetsk” data-reactid=”35″>Ajax
Atletico Madrid
Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea
Manchester City
Manchester United
Shakhtar Donetsk

Pot 3

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Dynamo Kiev
Inter Milan
Krasnodar
Lazio
Olympiakos
RB Leipzig
Red Bull Salzburg” data-reactid=”37″>Atalanta
Dynamo Kiev
Inter Milan
Krasnodar
Lazio
Olympiakos
RB Leipzig
Red Bull Salzburg

Pot 4

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Club Brugge
Ferencvaros
Istanbul Basaksehir
Lokomotiv Moscow
Marseille
Midtjylland
Stade Rennes” data-reactid=”39″>Borussia Monchengladbach
Club Brugge
Ferencvaros
Istanbul Basaksehir
Lokomotiv Moscow
Marseille
Midtjylland
Stade Rennes

How to watch the UEFA Champions League group stage draw

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Stream: UEFA.com” data-reactid=”41″>When: 11 am ET Thursday
Stream: UEFA.com

The most entertaining draw possible for each Premier League side

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The dream draw for each Premier League side

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