European football eagerly awaits the final touches to the calendar with the prestigious event in Istanbul, which will host this year’s final.
Liverpool were beaten in last season’s final by a Real Madrid side inspired by Karim Benzema, while Brazilian Vinicius Jr struck the winner in Paris. But Jurgen Klopp will be bullish about his side’s chances this year having seen their character to rebound after tough final defeats in the past. Tottenham return to the top table of European football, with Antonio Conte eager to prove his worth in a competition he has struggled with in the past.
Elsewhere, the Champions League draw will also feature both Rangers and Celtic for the first time since 2007 after Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side held their nerve to defeat PSV in the final play-off round last night.
Here’s all you need to know about the draw, including what teams will play this season and which pots they have been designated in.
When is it?
The draw will take place on Thursday, 25 August at 5pm BST in Istanbul, Turkey.
What TV channel will it be on?
Fans will be able to watch the event on BT Sport who have the rights to European football this season and an online stream will be available through the broadcaster’s YouTube channel.
Which teams are in it?
- Manchester City
- Atletico Madrid
- Real Madrid
- Bayern Munich
- Borussia Dortmund
- Eintracht Frankfurt
- Sporting CP
- Club Brugge
- Shakhtar Donetsk
- Viktoria Plzen
- Dinamo Zagreb
- Maccabi Haifa
What are the pots?
These, again, will change once all the teams have been confirmed.
Pot 1: Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Man City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Ajax
Pot 2: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Tottenham
Pot 3: Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shaktar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Bayer Leverkusen
Pot 4: Rangers, Dinamo Zagreb, Marseille, Copenhagen, Club Brugge, Celtic, Viktoria Plzen, Maccabi Haifa
When will the fixtures be?
There will be six match days in order for all the group matches to be played out. They will take place on 6/7 September, 13/14 September, 4/5 October, 11/12 October, 25/26 October and 1/2 November.
The round of 16 is due to take place over two legs on 14/15/21/22 February and 7/8/14/15 March 2023. The quarter-finals are in the diary on 11/12 and 18/19 April 2023 with the semi-final on 9/10 and 16/17 May 2023 and the final on 10 June 2023.