Champions League group stage draw: Pots, how to watch in the USA

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The UEFA Champions League pots are set for Thursday’s group stage draw following the conclusion of six playoff round ties this week.

Here, we’ll recap the playoff ties before giving you the full pots for the draw as well as detail who Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United can draw.

[ MORE: Champions League playoff round recaps ]

The pots may look a bit funny given Sevilla winning the Europa League and earning a spot in Pot 1. The second pot is brutal.

Remember that teams from the same domestic league cannot be drawn against each other in the group stage.

[ MORE: League Cup recaps ]

Three Premier League teams in Pot 2 mean that Liverpool knows it can only draw one of five teams from that pot: Ajax, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, and Shakhtar Donetsk.

At least three of those are tasty given Jurgen Klopp and/or the Reds’ history, especially now that Atletico Madrid, the club that dethroned them, has signed former Reds mega striker Luis Suarez.


UEFA Champions League group stage draw pots

Pot 1

Bayern Munich
Juventus
Liverpool
Paris Saint-Germain
Porto
Real Madrid
Sevilla
Zenit Saint-Petersburg

Pot 2

Ajax
Atletico Madrid
Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea
Manchester City
Manchester United
Shakhtar Donetsk

Pot 3

Atalanta
Dynamo Kiev
Inter Milan
Krasnodar
Lazio
Olympiakos
RB Leipzig
Red Bull Salzburg

Pot 4

Borussia Monchengladbach
Club Brugge
Ferencvaros
Istanbul Basaksehir
Lokomotiv Moscow
Marseille
Midtjylland
Stade Rennes


How to watch the UEFA Champions League group stage draw

When: 11 am ET Thursday
Stream: UEFA.com
TV Channel: CBS Sports Network


The most entertaining draw possible for each Premier League side

Liverpool: Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach

Chelsea: Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Istanbul Basaksehir

Manchester United: Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach

Manchester City: Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Marseille


The dream draw for each Premier League side

Liverpool: Shakhtar Donetsk, Krasnodar, Stade Rennes

Chelsea: Porto, Krasnodar, Midtjylland

Manchester United: Porto, Olympiakos, Stade Rennes

Manchester City: Porto, Olympiakos, Club Brugge