2017/18 UEFA Champions League Draw Pots

Manchester United’s Europa League victory did more than just earn them a spot in the group stages of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League. The 2-0 triumph over Ajax in Stockholm boosted United’s European coefficient high enough to place them in pot two, which helps them avoid being drawn in the same group with the likes

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Manchester United’s Europa League victory did more than just earn them a spot in the group stages of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League.

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Jose Mourinho is the first manager in history to have won both the UEFA Champions League (Porto, 2003/04 & Inter Milan, 2009/10) and UEFA Europa League (Porto, 2002/03 & Manchester United, 2016/17) more than once.

The 2-0 triumph over Ajax in Stockholm boosted United’s European coefficient high enough to place them in pot two, which helps them avoid being drawn in the same group with the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain next season.

Ahead of the Champions League Final, we take a look at the draw pots heading into the 2017/18 Champions League campaign.

Seeded (confirmed): Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Spartak Moscow

Otherwise known as the pot containing the champions of the highest ranked leagues in Europe, these teams are given the best chance possible of being placed in a favourable group.

Pot two (provisional): Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla*, Manchester City, Porto, Manchester United

*Sevilla will be placed in pot two providing they get through the qualifying round.

Pot three (provisional): Napoli*, Tottenham, FC Basel, Dynamo Kiev*, Ajax*, Olympiakos*, Anderlecht, Liverpool*.

*Still much to be decided here as Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Ajax, Olympiakos and Liverpool all need to confirm their Champions League status by getting beyond the qualifying rounds.

Pot four: eight spots remaining here for clubs coming through qualifying rounds.

The quality of teams named throughout those three pots already gets us wondering how the group stage could set up, with Tottenham, Napoli and Liverpool facing potential ‘group of death’ scenarios.

In fact, any of those three outfits could be placed in a group containing Real Madrid and Paris-Saint Germain, or even Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

The overall line-up is still yet to be confirmed by UEFA until the summer, when all league competitions of the 2016/17 season and qualifying phases for the 2017/18 Champions League have concluded.

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