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Champions League group stage draw pots confirmed

Check out the pots for the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage draw.

The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage draw pots are now confirmed
The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage draw pots are now confirmed UEFA via Getty Images

The 32 UEFA Champions League group stage hopefuls were split into four pots for the draw, which took place on Thursday 31 August.

Group stage draw

Pot 1

Manchester City (ENG, Champions League holders)
Sevilla (ESP, Europa League holders)
Barcelona (ESP)
Napoli (ITA)
Bayern München (GER)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Benfica (POR)
Feyenoord (NED)

Pot 2

Real Madrid (ESP)
Manchester United (ENG)
Inter (ITA)
Dortmund (GER)
Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
Leipzig (GER)
Porto (POR)
Arsenal (ENG)

Pot 3

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Salzburg (AUT)
Milan (ITA)
Braga (POR)
Lazio (ITA)
Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Copenhagen (DEN)

Pot 4 

Young Boys (SUI)
Real Sociedad (ESP)
Galatasaray (TUR)
Celtic (SCO)
Newcastle (ENG)
Union Berlin (GER)
Antwerp (BEL)
Lens (FRA)

Which clubs were paired in the Champions League draw?

To ensure that paired clubs from the same country play on separate days, the eight groups were distinguished by colour: Groups A to D were red and Groups E to H were blue. When a paired club was drawn, for example, in one of the red groups (A, B, C or D), the other paired club – once it was drawn – was automatically assigned to one of the four blue groups (E, F, G or H). The pairings were as follows:

A Manchester City & Manchester United
B Sevilla & Atlético
C Barcelona & Real Madrid
D Napoli & Lazio
E Bayern & Dortmund
F Paris & Lens
G Benfica & Porto
H Feyenoord & PSV
I Inter & AC Milan
J Leipzig & Union Berlin
K Arsenal & Newcastle

When are this season's matches and draws?

Group stage
Matchday 1: 19–20 September 2023
Matchday 2: 3–4 October 2023
Matchday 3: 24–25 October 2023
Matchday 4: 7–8 November 2023
Matchday 5: 28–29 November 2023
Matchday 6: 12–13 December 2023

Champions League draw dates

Round of 16: 18 December 2023
Quarter-finals & semi-finals: 15 March 2024

Knockout phase
Round of 16: 13/14/20/21 February & 5/6/12/13 March 2024
Quarter-finals: 9/10 & 16/17 April 2024
Semi-finals: 30 April/1 May & 7/8 May 2024
Final: 1 June 2024

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