Degenek's Red Star clinches Champions League spot with comeback win

30 August, 2018, 15:39 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Messi in action against United. Image PA

Liverpool are the highest-ranked side in Pot 3, hence why they stood to move up to Pot 2 should Benfica have gone out to PAOK on Wednesday evening.

Manchester City are in pot one along with defending champions Real Madrid, Europa League winners Atletico Madrid and respective European league winners Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Lokomotiv Moscow. United's place in pot two does leave Jose Mourinho's men likely to face one of the elite clubs in the group stage, though.

Dortmund know all about Real Madrid, having been drawn against the 13 time UEFA Champions League winners in the group stage for two successive seasons.

The England global has caught the eye of Madrid's sporting direction after an impressive season last season with Pep Guardiola's City, in which he scored 23 goals in 46 games, helping the blues to win their third Premier League title with a record 100 points.

There are four pots of eight teams, with one team from each pot forming a group, although teams from the same association can not face each other.

Liverpool, who can not meet a fellow English club at this stage, will be grouped with one team from each of the following pots. One team from each pot will be placed in each group. In pot three, Liverpool are most definitely the team to avoid.

Qualification for the competition was completed last night with three teams completing the 32-side line-up.

The bottom pot can usually be relied upon to provide intrigue and this year is no different with the return of Inter to the Champions League.

But what's the best case scenario for the Red Devils?

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 06: Borussia Dortmund Midfielder Christian Pulisic (C) in action during the Europe Champions League 2017-18 match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on 06 December 2017 in Madrid Spain.

The group-stage draw will start Thursday at at 5 p.m. BST, midday ET.



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