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Bayern Munich are looking to defend their crown as the 2020-21 Champions League group stage draw takes place at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday and can be streamed on the UEFA website.The German side won the tournament in a hat-trick to cap an emphatic campaign. It was the sixth time Bayern have been crowned European champions and this season’s victory would see them join AC Milan in second place all-time.

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The first pot is made up of the winners of the seven best leagues in the UEFA coefficients – La Liga, English Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Russian Premier League, Portuguese Super Liga – and holders of the Europa League in Seville.

This means that Bayern cannot be drawn alongside last season’s beaten finalists Paris Saint-Germain who are also in the first pot.

Premier League champions Liverpool are also looking for a seventh crown, while Real Madrid, who won La Liga last season, aim to take their record to 14.

The second pot includes Barcelona, ​​Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea, although no team from the same country can be drawn.

However, there could be a very first group stage meeting between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi if Italian champions Juventus are drawn with Barca.

Among the teams at risk in the third pot are last season’s semi-finalists RB Leipzig as well as defeated Europa League finalists Inter Milan with Lazio and Atalanta also in attendance.

Finalist in Ligue 1 and winner of the first Champions League in 1993, Marseille is in the fourth pot.

The coronavirus pandemic interrupted last season’s tournament midway through the round of 16 and resulted in quarter-finals and semi-finals played in a single match in Lisbon. However, this season the format is returning to normal with home and away clashes in the group stages and knockout stages.

I can one

Bayern Munich, Germany
Seville, Spain
Real Madrid, Spain
Liverpool, England
Milan, Italy
Paris Saint-Germain, France
Zenit St Petersburg, Russie
FC Porto, Portugal

Pot two

Barcelona, ​​Spain
Atletico Madrid, Espagne
Manchester City, Angleterre
Manchester United, Angleterre
Borussia Dortmund, Germany
Chelsea, England
Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine
Ajax, Pays-Bas

Pot three

Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine
FC Salzburg, Austria
RB Leipzig, Germany
Inter Milan, Italy
Olympiakos, Greece
Lazio, Italy
Krasnodar, Russie
Atalanta, Italy

It can be four

Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia
Marseille, France
Club Brugge, Belgium
Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany
Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey
Midtjylland, Denmark
Rennes, France
Ferencvaros, Hungary


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