The draw for group stages of UEFA Champions League will be conducted today (August 28, 2014) at 5:45 CET in Monaco. Real Madrid, as defending champions and team with the best coefficient, have been placed in pot 1.
32 clubs have been placed in four different pots – 22 teams have entered directly while 10 have come through on qualification. One group will contain one team from each pot and no teams from the same country can meet in the group stages. This draw also carries forward to the UEFA Youth League.
Pot 1: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, Chelsea, Benfica, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal, Porto
Pot 2: Schalke, Borusssia Dortmund, Juventus, Paris Saint Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk, Basel, Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester City
Pot 3: Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiacos, CSKA Moscow, Ajax, Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon, Galatasaray, Athletic Bilbao
Pot 4: Anderlecht, Roma, APOEL, BATE, Ludogorets, Maribor, Monaco, Malmö
Besides the draw, the voting and winner of 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe will also be conducted during the ceremony. Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo are the nominees.