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  1. Six British clubs are in the group stage for the first time since 2007-08
  2. The first time there have been five English sides
  3. Pot 1: Chelsea; Pot 2: Manchester City and Manchester United;
  4. Pot 3: Tottenham and Liverpool; Pot 4: Celtic
  5. English teams cannot be drawn against each other
  6. The draw takes place at 17:00 BST

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Well that was fun. If you want to know more about the Champions League draw then head over to our developing story where you can find out everything you need to know.

And don't forget to listen to 5 live Sport (19:00 BST) for more reaction. There is also an interview with England manager Gareth Southgate, who gives the answer to this Ian Dennis question: You have four goalkeepers in your squad, who is your number one?

Tune in for the full interview. Cheerio!


No Chelsea move for Tuchel

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

A bit of information about one of England's Champions League clubs.

There was a story doing the rounds yesterday that Chelsea had made contact with former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel about replacing Antonio Conte as their manager.

There is a lot of speculation around Conte just now because of Chelsea's troubled summer in the transfer market.

However, BBC Sport understands Chelsea have not approached Tuchel or his agent, nor have they discussed doing so.

Any other business? Yes - Cristiano Ronaldo has been named UEFA Men's Player of the Year 2016-17. Congrats young man.

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Paul: Got to want to play the best teams in Europe right? That's why we're here. Spurs vs Real Madrid is MOUTHWATERING!

Dean: I don't understand fans who want easy groups in the Champs League. If that's what you want, then may as well play in the Europa.

Muhammad Owais Khan: Man City will have to work hard if they want to top the group but for once I am delighted we avoided Barca, Real, Bayern, Juventus.

Planes, trains and automobiles...

One for the transport aficionados...

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Indeed I do Anthony. But the ferry is so much more fun. Unless you get sea sick.

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Owen: Very happy with that group for Liverpool!! Could've been a hell of a lot worse!

Alex Hudson: Ranking groups from toughest to easiest for English sides I would go with: H>C>F>E>A

Nathan Eaton: Lovely to see the four of the great European cities represented in Group C, London, Madrid, Rome, Qarabag...

When are the games being played?

Don't start booking those low-budget flights just yet. We don't know exactly when the games will be played. Club officials will be ironing out those deets as we speak.

When are the games being played?

Matchday one: 12-13 September

Matchday two: 26-27 September

Matchday three: 17-18 October

Matchday four: 31 October-1 November

Matchday five: 21-22 November

Matchday six: 5-6 December

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Owen Dale: Man Utd drew Benfica and Basel in 2011, they went out at the group stage, no easy draws

Fahad Khan: Chelsea gets Atletico and Roma, plus needs to travel all the way to Azerbaijan. Horror group

Denis Fitton: *Starts checking odds for Spurs to win Europa League*

Liverpool are the big winners out of the British half a dozen. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino must have knocked over a black cat this morning.


Wow, that was a bit hectic. Here's the full draw:

Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, Basel, CSKA Moscow

Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic

Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, Qarabag

Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting

Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, Maribor

Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord

Group G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig

Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, Apoel


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Rachel T: Spurs taking on Real at Wembley. That is what it is ALL ABOUT!

Adam: Typical. The top two English teams get the hardest draws...United scrape through and can walk into the last 16.

Daniel: Liverpool, in theory, have an extremely easy group, but their defence will make hard work of it.

Group H

Last but not least... Apoel Nicosia. And there is only one place for them to go. That is in Tottenham's group.

Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, Apoel

Group A

Manchester United are going back to Moscow... to face CSKA.

Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, Basel, CSKA Moscow

Group E

Maribor... go into Liverpool's group. So that's Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Maribor for the Reds. GOT to be happy with that?

Celtic in Group B

Celtic will not be playing an English team. But they will be playing Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain. Oh, and Anderlecht. Good luck Brendan.

Group D

Sporting Lisbon are drawn alongside Juve, Barca and Olympiakos in Group D.

Here's Celtic....

Group F

Short trip on the ferry from Hull for Manchester City fans. You're going to Rotterdam... Feyenoord are the fourth team in Group F.

Group C

Get your maps out Chelsea fans. You're going to Qarabag.

Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, Qarabag.

Group G

First out of Pot Four? German debutants RB Leipzig. They're drawn in Group G with Monaco, Porto and Besiktas. Not a classic group.

Group G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig.

Pot four

Into the final pot...

Champions League

How it stands

Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, Basel

Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain, Anderlecht

Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma

Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos

Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool

Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli

Group G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas

Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham

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Paul McKenzie: Yeeeeeees Liverpool dodge group of death. Ouch for Spurs, they don't.

Dave W: Make the most of the Group matches Tottenham. Tough pair ahead of you.

Johnny Magrinho: Liverpool have definitely dodged a bullet there! Spurs will do well to get out of their group though..

City to face Napoli

Greek side Olympiakos might as well target third place in their group right now. They're in alongside Juve and Barca.

Napoli, who finished third in Serie A last season, have been stuck in Group F alongside Shakhtar Donetsk. And, of course, Manchester City.

Francesco Totti laughs as he pulls out AS Roma. He's not laughing when Andriy Shevchenko puts them in a group with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. Ouch.

Spurs drawn with Real Madrid and Dortmund

The second English team in Pot Three appears straight after. Tottenham are drawn in Group H... oh dear.

Alongside Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid. Gulp.

A Spurs return for Gareth Bale.

Liverpool with Spartak and Sevilla

Liverpool! They're in Group E. That pits them against Spartak Moscow and Sevilla.

Turkish side Besiktas appear alongside Porto and Monaco in Group G.

Next out... it's an English team...

Basel in Man Utd's group

Belgian side Anderlecht the first out of pot three, going into Group B alongside Bayern and PSG.

Next out is FC Basel in Group A... Man Utd's group.

Group A: Benfica, Man Utd, Basel

Group B: Bayern, PSG, Anderlecht

Time for pot three...

Champions League

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Courtland Adams: Chelsea to face Diego Costa in the Champions League... written in the stars?

Tunde Giwa: Diego Costa will be very happy with Atletico Chelsea draw.

Paul-Joseph: United getting the easy draw already.

How its stands

Group A: Benfica, Manchester United

Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain

Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid

Group D: Juventus, Barcelona

Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla

Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester CIty

Group G: Monaco, Porto

Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund

Sevilla are plucked out to face Spartak Moscow, with Borussia Dortmund in with Real Madrid.

One team left... Barcelona. One pot left... the one already containing Juventus. Oooof! Francesco Totti laughs.

Man City to face Shakhtar

Here's Manchester City. They only have three group options left including the one containing Real Madrid...

The Blues are stuck in the same group as Shakhtar Donetsk.

Paris 'Money' St-Germain swagger out into the ring. They're up against FC Hollywood AKA Bayern Munich.

Man Utd in with Benfica

Next out... Manchester United.

Who will Jose and his boys face? They're in Group A... with Benfica. Ahh, it's like 1968 all over again. Sort of.

Atletico drawn with Chelsea

Atletico Madrid, two-time finalists in recent years, are picked out in Group C... alongside Chelsea!

First out? Porto. They are drawn in Group G alongside French Ligue 1 champions Monaco.

On we go. Into Pot Two where Manchester City and Manchester United lurk...