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2016/17 Champions League group stage draw: Barcelona and Bayern Munich drawn in tough groups

UCL Draw 2016-17 Group Stage
Defending champions Real Madrid were drawn in Group F
Rohith Nair
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Modified 25 Aug 2016
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The draw for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions Leauge group stages was held in Monaco on Thursday and possibly the biggest clash this season will see Barcelona and Manchester City in Group C. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola won the title with former club Barcelona in 2009 and 2011 and gets set to face them again following a semi-final knockout in 2015 when he was with Bayern Munich.

Group D will also be another challenging group with Bayern Munich drawn with last season’s finalists Atletico Madrid. Champions Real Madrid saw Borussia Dortmund drawn in their group along with Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw.

The other three English Premier League sides saw relatively easier draws; Arsenal were drawn with Paris Saint-Germain but FC Basel and Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgard were also drawn in the same group. Leicester City were drawn with FC Porto while Tottenham Hotspur’s toughest opponents are probably Bayer Leverkusen even though CSKA Moscow are in their group as well. 

32 teams were split into four pots with one team from each pot going into eight groups. With the group stage getting underway on 13 September, the 32 teams will vie for a place in the Round of 16 – on their way to a possible final at the Millennium Stadium in the Welsh city of Cardiff on 3 June 2017.

UEFA had invited the likes of European legends Clarence Seedorf, Ian Rush, Thierry Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roberto Carlos on stage for the draw. Although it was safe to say that the ceremony lacked the usual excitement with now-FIFA president Gianni Infantino not in charge of proceedings. 

Pots for Champions League group stage draw

POT 1POT 2POT 3POT 4
Real MadridAtletico MadridFC BaselCeltic
BarcelonaBorussia DortmundTottenham HotspurDinamo Zagreb
Leicester CityArsenalDynamo KyivMonaco
Bayern MunichManchester CityLyonBesiktas
JuventusSevillaPSV EindhovenLegia Warsaw
BenficaPortoSporting LisbonLudogorets Razgrad
Paris Saint-GermainNapoliClub BruggeFC Copenhagen
CSKA MoscowBayer LeverkusenBorussia MonchengladbachRostov

Things to know about the UCL group stage draw

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- Pot 1 contains the defending champions and league title winners of the seven best associations ranked according to UEFA country coefficients.

- Pots 2, 3 and 4 sees the rest of the teams sorted based on the UEFA club coefficients (Eg. Manchester City have a better club coefficient and are in Pot 2 even though Tottenham Hotspur finished above them in the Premier League last season).

- Teams from the same league cannot be drawn together in the same group.

- Top two from each group qualify for the Round of 16. The third-placed team progresses into the Europa League (Round of 32). 

- The first set of group stage games kick off on 13/14 September while the sixth and final game will be played on 6/7 December. 

- Sevilla automatically qualified for the Champions League group stage after winning the Europa League.

- Teams from Russia and Ukraine will not be drawn in the same group. 

- No more than two teams from one association will play on a Champions League night for TV allocation reasons.

2016/17 Champions League Group Stage Draw

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
Paris Saint-GermainBenficaBarcelonaBayern Munich
ArsenalNapoliManchester CityAtletico Madrid
FC BaselDynamo KyivBorussia M’gladbachPSV Eindhoven
Ludogorets RazgradBesiktasCelticRostov
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
CSKA MoscowReal MadridLeicester CityJuventus
Bayer LeverkusenBorussia DortmundFC PortoSevilla
Tottenham HotspurSporting LisbonClub BruggeLyon
AS MonacoLegia WarsawFC CopenhagenDinamo Zagreb
Published 25 Aug 2016, 21:41 IST
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