Champions League group stage draw LIVE: Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool to learn fates – latest updates, confirmed pots and more

The Champions League group stage draw will be conducted this evening as Chelsea begin their title defence.

The Blues beat Premier League rivals Manchester City in the final of last season’s elite competition with Kai Havertz scoring the winner in Porto.

Now, those two and the rest of Europe’s best are ready to go again and it should be another thrilling tournament.

  • The ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 26 and will begin at 5pm UK time in Istanbul, Turkey
  • There will be seedings and country protection, meaning Premier League clubs will not be drawn together in the same group
  • talkSPORT Drive will bring you the draw as it happens from 5pm today
  • UEFA will be providing a free live stream of the draw on their official website, it will also be shown on BT Sport 1 from 4:45pm.
  • Pot 1: Chelsea, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Sporting CP, Lille
  • Pot 2: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Juventus, Manchester United, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund
  • Pot 3: Ajax, Porto, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica
  • Pot 4: AC Milan, VfL Wolfsburg, Club Brugge, Malmo, Sheriff Tiraspol, Young Boys, Besiktas, Dynamo Kyiv

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