Champions League draw LIVE: Group stage updates and reaction

LIVE: Champions League group stage draw – Chelsea, Man United, Liverpool and Man City await their fate (and being top seeds might NOT be a good thing this year!) with Europe’s giants ready for them

  •  The Champions League group stage gets underway from 5pm BST
  •  Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea await their fate
  • Thomas Tuchel guided Chelsea to an historic Champions League win in May 
  • Latest Champions League news, including live action, fixtures and results 

The draw for the group stage of the Champions League is moments away as Chelsea, Manchester City , Liverpool and Manchester United fans look to avoid the group of death in Europe’s elite club competition.

Reigning holders Chelsea and Premier League champions Manchester City are in pot one though that is not necessarily good news as pot two consists some very dangerous teams including Paris Saint-Germain. 

Liverpool and Manchester United are in pot two which looks more ideal but could still face the daunting prospect of facing Bayern Munich.   

Follow Sportsmail for live coverage of the Champions League group stage draw, including build-up, updates and reaction.  

Chelsea and the other English teams will discover who they will face in the group stage

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It’s been great to see football start to return to normal with full attendances back in Premier League games this season.

But in qualifying games for all three European competitions, away supporters were not able to attend games.

Manchester United and Ajax have urged UEFA to reconsider the blanket ban.

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It’s less than three weeks away until the world’s best club competition gets underway as 32 teams battle it out to get into the knockout stages.

Along with the usual contenders there are teams who back in the group stage for the first time in years including AC Milan who have won the trophy more times than anyone in the competition other than Real Madrid.

And in Sheriff Tiraspol we have the first Moldovan team in Champions League history to make the group stage.

Sportsmail has delved more into each of the 32 teams so to find out more click below.

The draw is very much the main event of the event but UEFA will also be handing out awards to some of the best players from the 2020-21 season.

Champions League winners Jorginho and N’Golo Kante are up for UEFA Men’s Player of the Year along with Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne.

Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel are joined by Italy’s Euro 2020 winning manager Roberto Mancini for Coach of the Year.

In total there 13 awards set to be handed out.

Pot three has some dangerous teams in it notably Serie A goal machines Atalanta and RB Leipzig which Manchester United fans will know about from last season.

The final pot looks favourable but the team to avoid is AC Milan who are back in the Champions League after a long period out.

Pot 3 teams – Porto, Ajax, Shakhtar Donetsk, RB Leipzig, RB Salzburg, Benfica, Atalanta and Zenit St Petersburg.

Pot 4 teams – Besiktas, Dynamo Kyiv, Club Brugge, Young Boys, AC Milan, Malmo, VfL Wolfsburg and Sheriff Tiraspol.

So who can the English teams face from the top two pots in the seeding?

Chelsea and Manchester City could face any of the pot two teams consisting of; Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool and Manchester United meanwhile could go up against any of the top seeded; Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille and Sporting Lisbon.

The top seeds would normally have a big advantage going into Champions League draws but not today looking at the quality of the teams in Pot 2!

And welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of today’s Champions League draw which should get underway at 5pm.

It doesn’t feel long since Chelsea lifted the trophy in Porto but today we will find out who they, Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs will face in this season’s group stage.

Chelsea and Manchester City are in pot one and face the prospect of tough clashes against the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

Liverpool and Manchester United are in pot two which looks better but they could still face Bayern Munich.

We will provide build-up, updates and reaction to today’s draw.



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