Champions League group stage draw: Pot 1

UEFA.com profiles the eight teams in Pot 1 for the group stage draw: Real Madrid, Bayern München, Juventus, Benfica, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco and Spartak Moskva.

Gianluigi Buffon is back for another campaign with Juventus
Gianluigi Buffon is back for another campaign with Juventus ©Getty Images

Pot 1 for the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw is formed by the holders and the title winners from the rest of the top eight associations as per the UEFA association club coefficient rankings at the end of the 2015/16 season.

Watch the goals that made Real Madrid champions again
Watch the goals that made Real Madrid champions again

Real Madrid (ESP)
UEFA coefficient ranking (end of 2016/17): 1
• How they qualified: holders/first in Spanish Liga
• Previous group stage campaigns: 21 (last appearance: 2016/17)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League winners
• Best European Cup performance: winners x 12 (1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60, 1965/66, 1997/98, 1999/2000, 2001/02, 2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17)

Bayern München (GER)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 2
• How they qualified: first in German Bundesliga
• Previous group stage campaigns: 20 (last appearance: 2016/17)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
• Best European Cup performance: winners x 5 (1973/74, 1974/75, 1975/56, 2000/01, 2012/13)

Classic Juventus European final goals
Classic Juventus European final goals

Juventus (ITA)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 5
• How they qualified: first in Serie A
• Previous group stage campaigns: 17 (last appearance: 2016/17)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League runners-up
• Best European Cup performance: winners x 2 (1984/85, 1995/96)

Benfica (POR)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 9
• How they qualified: first in Portuguese Liga
• Previous group stage campaigns: 12 (last appearance: 2016/17)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League round of 16
• Best European Cup performance: winners x 2 (1960/61, 1961/62)

Chelsea's 2012 triumph
Chelsea's 2012 triumph

Chelsea (ENG)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 10
• How they qualified: first in English Premier League
• Previous group stage campaigns: 14 (last appearance: 2015/16)
• Last season: not in UEFA competition
• Best European Cup performance: winners x 1 (2011/12)

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 18
• How they qualified: first in Ukrainian Premier League
• Previous group stage campaigns: 11 (last appearance: 2015/16)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League third qualifying round/UEFA Europa League round of 32
• Best European Cup performance: quarter-finals (2010/11)

Watch the goals that took Monaco to last season's semi-finals
Watch the goals that took Monaco to last season's semi-finals

Monaco (FRA)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 29
• How they qualified: first in Ligue 1
• Previous group stage campaigns: 7 (last appearance: 2016/17)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League semi-finals
• Best European Cup performance: runners-up (2003/04)

Spartak Moskva (RUS)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 104
• How they qualified: first in Russian Premier League
• Previous group stage campaigns: 11 (last appearance: 2012/13)
• Last season: UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
• Best European Cup performance: semi-finals (1990/91)

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