Who are Real Madrid’s possible rivals in the Champions League group stage?
The group stage draw for the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League gets underway in Monaco on Thursday evening.
Following Wednesday’s Champions League playoff round games, we will then know the names of the final three teams that will make up the 32 sides who will participate in the 2023-24 season Champions League with the group stage draw scheduled for Thursday evening.
Following aggregate wins on Tuesday night, Braga, Galatasaray and Young Boys all confirmed their places in the group stage with just three places left to fill.
Wednesday’s UCL playoff fixtures
UCL group stage (23-24) already qualified
Real Madrid’s possible rivals
Carlo Ancelotti’s team are the highest ranked side in pot 2 after finishing as runner-up in LaLiga last season. This does mean that a tough pot 1 opponent awaits and this could be one of: Man City, PSG, Bayern Munich, Napoli Benfica or Feyenoord.
At the moment given that there are still three spaces to fill, the teams composing pots 3/4 are not yet confirmed but potential tricky rivals in pot three include AC Milan or Lazio with a trip to the hostile Red Star Belgrade an undesired destination. Salzburg, Shakhtar or Braga would be more palatable options for ‘Los Blancos’ from pot 3.
Pot 4 teams to avoid for Madrid would be the, reinforced by Saudi riches Newcastle United and Galatasaray with a trip to Istanbul always tricky. Opponents such as Celtic, Lens or Young Boys would be considered as favorable opponents for the Santiago Bernabeu faithful.
Real Madrid: possible group of death:
Manchester City, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Galatasaray
Real Madrid: possible group of ‘relative’ tranquility
Benfica, Real Madrid, Shakhtar, Lens