This afternoon the draw for the group stage of the Champions League will be held in Istanbul and we will know who will be the rivals of the Spanish teams in this first phase of the European tournament. As the drums are configured, we can have groups with very strong rivals and authentic matches from the first day.
FC Barcelona will be in pot 2 and from the outset it will avoid great teams such as Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and PSG that are in the same pot. But there are other coconuts in Pot 1 in which are the champions of the European leagues, the champion of the Champions (Chelsea) and the one of the Europa League (Villarreal).
As in previous years, teams from the same country cannot face each other in this phase, so Barcelona will avoid Atlético de Madrid and Villarreal who are in the first pot, and Sevilla and Real Madrid who are in the second.
These are the rivals that the Barça team can face in the group stage:
– Pot 1: Chelsea, Manchester City, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Lille and Sporting de Portugal
– Pot 3: Porto, Ajax, Atalanta, RB Leipzig, Zenit, Benfica, Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk
– Pot 4: Milan, Wolfsburg, Bruges, Young Boys, Malmoe, Dinamo Kiev, Besiktas, Sheriff.