Champions League draw 2017/18: Best and worst case group stage scenarios for Premier League clubs

source: talksport

Thanks to Manchester United’s Europa League final victory, there is the possibility of having five Premier League clubs in the Champions League group stage next season.

Liverpool must face a qualifying round play-off to reach the group stage, where they would join United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City in the draw.

For the group stages, teams are placed in four pots of eight clubs, with pot one containing the champions from the eight highest-ranked leagues.

Pot two contains the eight highest ranked clubs – based on UEFA co-efficient scores – from the remaining teams, with the next best eight in pot three and the lowest ranked in pot four.

Chelsea will therefore be in pot one, and Manchester City and United are guaranteed to be in pot two.

Tottenham will be in pot three, where they will be joined by Liverpool if the Reds qualify.

English clubs cannot be drawn against each other in the group stage, meaning the toughest and easiest group stage draws for the Premier League sides look like this…

Possible nightmare draws for Tottenham and Liverpool
Pot one club: Real Madrid
Pot two club: Paris Saint-Germain
Pot three club: Tottenham or Liverpool
Pot four club: Roma

Pot one: Bayern Munich
Pot two: Barcelona
Pot three: Tottenham or Liverpool
Pot four: Roma

Pot one: Juventus
Pot two: Barcelona
Pot three: Tottenham or Liverpool
Pot four: Feyenoord or Celtic (the Dutch club are guaranteed to be in the group stage and pot four, but Celtic must negotiate three qualifying rounds)

Possible nightmare draw for Chelsea
Pot one: Chelsea
Pot two: Barcelona
Pot three: Napoli
Pot four: Feyenoord or Celtic

Possible nightmare draw for Man United and Man City
Pot one: Real Madrid
Pot two: Manchester United or City
Pot three: Napoli
Pot four: Feyenoord or Celtic

Possible dream draw for Tottenham and Liverpool
Pot one: Spartak Moscow
Pot two: Porto
Pot three: Tottenham or Liverpool
Pot four: FC Salzburg (Salzburg have to negotiate three qualifying rounds)

Possible dream draw for Chelsea
Pot one: Chelsea
Pot two: Porto
Pot three: Anderlecht
Pot four: FC Salzburg

Possible dream draw for Man United and City
Pot one: Spartak Moscow
Pot two: Manchester United or City
Pot three: Anderlecht
Pot four: FC Salzburg  

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