Champions League draw: what time is it, and which pots are the Premier League clubs in?

Champions League draw

How this week's Champions League draw could pan out for the four Premier League sides plus the rest of Europe's elite clubs...

The draw for the group stage of this season's Champions League will take place in Monaco at 17:00 (BST) on Thursday. 

Four Premier League clubs will be involved having directly qualified for the tournament: Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham.

As Premier League champions, Manchester City go straight into Pot 1 – where they're joined by Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG and Lokomotiv Moscow. 

Manchester United and Tottenham will both definitely go into Pot 2 by virtue of their UEFA coefficient, while Liverpool have missed out on a spot in Pot 2 after Benfica's comfortable play-off win over PAOK condemned the Reds to Pot 3.

The first group stage matches this season will be played on September 18.

This season's final will take place on June 1, 2019 at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano. 

*Depending on play-off result

Pot 1

Real Madrid • Atletico Madrid (Europa League winners) • Barcelona • Bayern Munich • Manchester City • Juventus • PSG • Lokomotiv Moscow

Pot 2

Borussia Dortmund • Porto • Manchester United • Shakhtar Donetsk • Benfica • Napoli • Tottenham • Roma

Pot 3

Liverpool • Ajax • Schalke • Lyon • Monaco • CSKA Moscow • PSV Eindhoven • Valencia

Pot 4

Viktoria Plzen • Club Brugge • Galatasaray • Young Boys • Inter Milan • Hoffenheim • Red Star Belgrade • AEK Athens

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