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Chelsea will be in pot one, alongside holders Real Madrid and the champions of the other six top ranked nations in Europe; Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco and Spartak Moscow.
Celtic, meanwhile, could potentially be getting the above giants and one of Liverpool/Tottenham or Roma/Napoli, in a draw that would continue their rotten luck in group stage pairings.
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The teams in each group cannot be drawn from the same pot nor can they pick another team from their own association. Then again, Chelsea's coefficient is too low for pot 1 because of the missed year, so our draw would've likely been just as stressful under the old seedings. The final, which will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, is on May 26. The club from Baku following the debut in the Europa League is preparing for the premiere to start in the Champions League.
As we'll recall, the 32 participants are divided into four pots of eight, from which the eight groups of four will be drawn.
Pot 4: CSKA Moscow/, Maribor, Celtic, APOEL/, Feyenord, FK /, Leipzig, and Steaua Bucharest/. This does mean City can't draw the likes of PSG, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but will hope to avoid some of the Pot 1 big dogs.