Many teams will be hoping that luck is on their side during today’s Champions League draw.
The group stages of this season’s competition will be decided this afternoon
Liverpool are the defending champions after beating Tottenham 2-0 in last season’s final, but they could face a difficult start to this campaign if they are paired with Real Madrid or Inter Milan in this year’s group stage.
Here is everything that you need to know about the group stage draw and how the seeding works for each pot.
How are the Champions League pots decided?
The 32 teams that have qualified for the Champions League group stage are divided into four pots, which are then drawn to decide the four teams in each group.
A lot of the pot placements are based on the UEFA coefficients league rankings, which ranks countries and their leagues based on team performances in the previous five Champions League and Europa League seasons.
Pot one includes the league champions from the six highest ranked countries, as well as the current Champions League and Europa League winners.
Pots two, three and four are all determined by each team’s coefficient ranking, which is based on how they have performed in Europe previously.
No teams can play a club from their own country during the group stage of the competition.
What are the pots for the Champions League group stage draw?
Manchester City (ENG)
Real Madrid (ESP)
Atlético Madrid (ESP)
Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Club Brugge (BEL)
Internazionale Milano (ITA)
GNK Dinamo (CRO)
Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS)
RB Leipzig (GER)
Slavia Praha (CZE)
Crvena zvezda (SRB)
LOSC Lille (FRA)
When is the Champions League draw?
The Champions League group stage draw will start at 17.00 on Thursday 29 August.
Live coverage of the draw will be shown on UEFA’s official website and on BT Sport 2.