Are You Ready For The 2016-17 Champions League Group Stage Draw?

 Champions LeagueThe draw for the 2016-17 Champions League group stage will take place in Monaco at 18:00CET on Thursday.

Reigning champions Real Madrid are the top seeds and will be joined in Pot 1 by the titleholders from the top seven European associations: Spain, Germany, England, Italy, Portugal, France and Russia.

That means that Zinedine Zidane’s men, who defeated city rivals Atletico in the final in Milan in May, cannot be drawn against Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Leicester City, Juventus, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain or CSKA Moscow.

The remaining pots, which will be decided by UEFA’s club coefficients, will not be determined until after the 10 remaining group-stage berths are filled but we already know six of the eight second seeds: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Sevilla, Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen.

Tottenham and Basel will be in either pot two or three, depending on the outcome of this week’s play-off round results, with the likes of Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic presently well-placed to make the group stage after the first legs of their respective ties.

Elsewhere, Dynamo Kyiv, Lyon, PSV and Sporting CP will definitely be in pot three, with Besiktas the only confirmed fourth seed so far.

However, all will be revealed in Monaco on Thursday evening

The draw ceremony will also include the presentation of the 2015-16 UEFA Best Player in Europe award, with Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale having been shortlisted for the prestigious prize alongside Atletico ace Antoine Griezmann.

UEFA Champions League 2016-17 Group Stage:

POT 1: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Leicester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, CSKA Moscow
POT 2: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Sevilla, Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen, TBC, TBC
POT 2/3: Basel, Tottenham Hotspur
POT 3: Dynamo Kyiv, Lyon, PSV, Sporting CP, TBC, TBC, TBC, TBC
POT 3/4: Club Brugge
POT 4: Besiktas, TBC, TBC, TBC, TBC, TBC, TBC, TBC

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