Chelsea’s Champions League group for next season has become a little clearer.
The Blues now know they will be placed in a group with one of Europe’s best-performing clubs, along with two others.
UEFA’s draw pots have been drawn up for the next edition of the Champions League, but with games still to be played in the qualifying process, as well as the final for last season’s competition, they are subject to change.
Having said that, most clubs know which pot they will be in, and for Chelsea, that is pot two.
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That means they will draw one team from pot one, one from pot three and another from pot four.
Pot one contains the champions of the top six European leagues and the holders of both the Champions League and Europa League, meaning Frank Lampard’s men could be handed a very tough draw.
The pot one teams are: Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG, Zenit St Petersburg, Inter Milan or Sevilla, Porto.
Though, Chelsea cannot draw Liverpool with teams from the same league separated during the group stage.
Joining Chelsea in pot two are: Manchester City, Manchester United, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Shakhtar Donetsk and one of Sevilla, Benfica or Ajax.
None of those teams will feature in the Blues’ group.
They will, however, face one of the pot three teams, which includes: Benfica or Inter Milan, Ajax, Dynamo Kiev, RB Salzburg, RB Leipzig, Olympiacos, Lazio, Celtic.
And the group will be rounded off by a pot four outfit, including one of Atalanta, Dynamo Zagreb, Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille, Club Brugge, Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Stade Rennais.
Pots three and four could yet be changed, however, with both featuring teams who have not yet qualified for next season’s competition.
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