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UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw: Teams and pots confirmed

The Champions League draw is upon us and this year many of the usual suspects are in pot two. Tonight we find out who plays each other for the championship.

The UEFA Championship League Stage Draw begins Thursday night, August 26 in Instanbul, Turkey. Last year, Chelsea surprised us by winning the 2020/21 competition, barely beating Manchester City in the final. This year, many of the typical teams are in the mix to become top dogs yet again.

The full Champions League draw is made up of 32 teams, which have been confirmed as of Wednesday night.

There are four pots with eight teams each. Pot one is made up of the UEFA Champions from last year, the Europa League winners from last year, and the champions of the top six-ranked associations (Spain, England, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal). Pots two-four are decided based on their UEFA club coefficients.

Here are the confirmed pots:

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
Shakhtar Donetsk
Salzburg

Pot Four:
AC Milan
Club Brugge
Wolfsburg
Young Boys
Malmö
Beşiktaş
Dynamo Kyiv
Sheriff Tiraspol

The list of teams playing and when will be determined by the group draw. Here is the schedule of games:

Matchday 1: 14/15 September
Matchday 2: 28/29 September
Matchday 3: 19/20 October
Matchday 4: 2/3 November
Matchday 5: 23/24 November
Matchday 6: 7/8 December