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Breaking down who each Premier League team could face in the UCL Group Stage

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The UEFA Champions League group stage lineup is complete, with five Premier League clubs making the list.

On Wednesday, Liverpool joined Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United in the group stage after beating Hoffenheim, 6-3 on aggregate in the playoff qualification round.

Thursday’s Champions League draw (2 p.m. ET) will place clubs into groups of four, where they’ll play three matches at home and away.

Here’s a look at the four coefficient pots and who each Premier League club could face:


Pot 1 (holders & champions of other top eight-ranked nations)

Real Madrid (ESP, holders) coefficient 176.999
Bayern München (GER) 154.899
Juventus (ITA) 140.666
Benfica (POR) 111.866
Chelsea (ENG) 106.192
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 87.526
Monaco (FRA) 62.333
Spartak Moscow (RUS) 18.606

Pot 2

Barcelona (ESP) 151.999
Atlético Madrid (ESP) 142.999
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 126.333
Borussia Dortmund (GER) 124.899
Sevilla (ESP) 112.999
Manchester City (ENG) 100.192
Porto (POR) 98.866
Manchester United (ENG) 95.192

Pot 3

Napoli (ITA) 88.666
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 77.192
Basel (SUI) 74.415
Olympiacos (GRE) 64.580
Anderlecht (BEL) 58.840
Liverpool (ENG) 56.192
Roma (ITA) 53.666
Beşiktaş (TUR) 45.840

Pot 4

Celtic (SCO) 42.785
CSKA Moscow (RUS) 39.606
Sporting CP (POR) 36.866
APOEL (CYP) 26.210
Feyenoord (NED) 23.212
Maribor (SVN) 21.125
Qarabağ (AZE) 18.050
RB Leipzig (GER) 15.899


By way of winning last year’s Premier League, Chelsea get into pot 1. Manchester United and Manchester City are in pot 2 and Tottenham and Liverpool are in pot 3.

Per draw rules, teams can not draw another team from their association. That being said, let’s break down possible Premier League opponents in the group stage. .

CHELSEA

Pot 2 – Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Porto

Pot 3 – Napoli, Basel, Olympiacos, Anderlecht, Besiktas, Roma

Pot 4 – Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Sporting CP, APOEL, Feyenoord, Maribor, Qarabag, RB Leipzig

TOTTENHAM

Pot 1 – Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Spartak Moscow

Pot 2 – Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Porto

Pot 4 – Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Sporting CP, APOEL, Feyenoord, Maribor, Qarabag, RB Leipzig

MANCHESTER CITY

Pot 1 – Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Spartak Moscow

Pot 3 – Napoli, Basel, Olympiacos, Anderlecht, Besiktas, Roma

Pot 4 – Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Sporting CP, APOEL, Feyenoord, Maribor, Qarabag, RB Leipzig

MANCHESTER UNITED

Pot 1 – Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Spartak Moscow

Pot 3 – Napoli, Basel, Olympiacos, Anderlecht, Besiktas, Roma

Pot 4 – Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Sporting CP, APOEL, Feyenoord, Maribor, Qarabag, RB Leipzig

LIVERPOOL

Pot 1 – Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Spartak Moscow

Pot 2 – Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Porto

Pot 4 – Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Sporting CP, APOEL, Feyenoord, Maribor, Qarabag, RB Leipzig

Conte admits job security speculation will always exist at Chelsea

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Antonio Conte admits that he will always face speculation about his tenure as manager while he is employed at Chelsea, but dismissed it as “no problem for me.”

There is a general acceptance that Conte will part ways with Chelsea at the end of the season given the tough times the club has seen this campaign. The Blues are hanging on to a Champions League place by a thread, and struggled through a January that included just two wins across all competitions in six matches.

“I’ve said it very clearly: I’ve got a contract until 2019 and I intend to respect this, but you know anything can happen in football,” Conte told Italian publication Mediaset. “It takes two to be happy and continue a marriage. Our work is unique because we’ve always got our suitcase in our hands.”

Conte did issue somewhat of a warning to Chelsea, however, that if he were to be fired, it could come back to haunt the club, as he would have no shortage of offers. “My intention is to respect my contract, but if something were to happen, it would open up different scenarios.” Big clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid could have job openings this summer if their lofty goals aren’t met, and those places would be attractive destinations for Conte, who won the Premier League title with Chelsea just last year.

“It’s a bit the history of Chelsea and inevitable when, in the past, in 14 years, 10 coaches have been changed,” he said. “Clearly when there is this habit, let’s say, the press play on it and as soon as there is a result or two which don’t go your way, they try to put the pressure on.

“But it’s no problem for me. I hope that this pressure doesn’t harm the players, not me, because I go looking for pressure.”

CCL: Toronto wins; Wild Herediano comeback

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On a single-digit Tuesday that severely limited the attendance at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where the Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC dueled in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Jonathan Osorio’s second half goal put the Reds in front and Sebastian Giovinco had a goal and an assist and the visitors take a 2-0 decision back to Ontario.

The best chance of a preseason quality first half saw Dominique Badji flub the best chance of the stage into the feet of Alex Bono.

Toronto took the lead, nabbing the away goal through Osorio’s header of a Sebastian Giovinco cross. And the Atomic Ant got on the board with a goal of his own off an Auro assist with 17 minutes to play.

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Tuesday’s other first leg saw Herediano and Tigres play to a 2-2 draw in Costa Rica, with the Liga MX visitors taking a pair of away goals but shocked by a pair of stoppage time concessions.

Francisco Meza scored in the 15th minute and Lucas Zelarayan seemingly put it to bed with 15 minutes to play.

But Yendrick Ruiz converted a 90th minute penalty kick before ex-DC United forward Jairo Arrieta did this ahead of the Feb. 22 second leg in Mexico.

Another American heads to Schalke: Zyen Jones

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Bundesliga mainstays Schalke have added yet another American, this one 17-year-old Zyen Jones of Atlanta United. Jones is a forward with the U.S. U-17 national team.

Like Josh Sargent, who signed his deal with Werder Bremen on Tuesday, he’ll head overseas and sign a pro contract on Aug. 25, his 18th birthday.

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Jones will join several potential USMNT teammates in Gelsenkirchen, including injured senior team midfielder Weston McKennie and youngster Nick Taitague (19). Forward Haji Wright is on loan at Sandhausen.

Report: Simon Dawkins making move to Minnesota

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The Loons are taking a flier on Simon Dawkins.

The London-born Jamaican international hasn’t done a ton since returning to MLS from Derby County, and turned 30 over the offseason, and Paul Tenorio says the player is on his way to Minnesota United.

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Dawkins scored 14 goals between 2011-12 with San Jose, but scored just five times in his return to California and was blanked in 14 appearances last season. He registered just 10 shots in those matches.

The left winger would join an attack with Christian Ramirez, Kevin Molino, Ethan Finlay, and a pair of Generations Adidas forwards: Abu Danladi (2017 SuperDraft) and Mason Toye (2018).