The Champions League‘s qualification rounds have come to an end and each of the 32 teams to compete in the group stages now know their pots ahead of today Thursday’s draw in Monaco.
PSV Eindhoven, Celtic and even Portohave fallen in these rounds, joining a list of notable absentees in AC Milan, Marseille, Arsenal, Manchester Unitedand Roma.
LaLiga Santander has four representatives in Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Valencia.
Pot 1: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Chelsea and Zenit Saint Petersburg.
The six champions of the six highest ranked leagues are joined by the Champions League and Europa Leaguewinners, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Pot 2: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham Hotspur, Benfica, Ajax.
The Spanish sides are probably the most fancied here, though Napoli and Borussia Dortmund are also strong and could trouble anyone they come up against.
Pot 3: Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Red Bull Salzburg, Olympiacos, Club Brugge, Valencia, Inter, Dinamo Zagreb.
Inter, now led by Antonio Conte, will likely be better than they have been of late, while Lyon and Bayer Leverkusenwill hope to cause some upsets but aren’t as strong as the Italians.
Pot 4: Lokomotiv Moscow, Red Star Belgrade, Genk, Galatasaray, RB Leipzig, Slavia Prague, Atalanta, Lille.
Atalanta, Lille and Leipzig will be threats to whoever they draw and will be ones to avoid, while Lokomotiv, Red Star and Slavia will be the Cinderella stories.