Champions Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, Five Others Seeded For 2017/18 UCL Group Stage Draw

Champions Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, Five Others Seeded For 2017/18 UCL Group Stage Draw

 By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Europe's football governing body, Union of European Football Association, UEFA, on Sunday announced the seeds for the draw of group stages of the 2017/2018 Champions League, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Holders Real Madrid retained their title on Saturday night, thereby winning the European top title for a record 12th time. Los Blancos are among the eight teams seeded in Pot 1 for the 2017/18 group stage draw to be held on on 24 August 2017 along with the returning Spartak Moscow of Russia.

Pot 1 for the group stage draw is formed by the holders and the champions of the top seven national associations as per the UEFA association club coefficient rankings at the end of season 2015/16 that formed the 2017/18 access list. 

Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk took the newly vacated spot in Pot 1 as the champions of the eighth-ranked association following Madrid's success this weekend,

According to a detailed breakdown on the UEFA website on Sunday "the remaining three pots will be formed as per the UEFA club coefficient rankings at the end of 2016/17."

Pot 1 for 2017/18 group stage draw

Holders: Real Madrid

Germany: Bayern Münich

England: Chelsea

Italy: Juventus

Portugal: Benfica

France: Monaco

Russia: Spartak Moscow

Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk

Current coefficients of other teams provisionally qualified for group stage

Barcelona (ESP) 151.999

Atlético Madrid (ESP) 142.999

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 126.333

Borussia Dortmund (GER) 124.899

Manchester City (ENG) 100.192

Porto (POR) 98.866

Manchester United* (ENG) 95.192

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 77.192

Basel (SUI) 74.415

Anderlecht (BEL) 58.840

Roma (ITA) 53.666

Beşiktaş (TUR) 45.840

Feyenoord (NED) 23.212

RB Leipzig (GER) 15.899

A footnote from UEFA stated: "Because the UEFA Champions League holders, Madrid, would have earned a group stage place via their domestic league, the UEFA Europa League winners Manchester United are given a bye to the UEFA Champions League group stage rather than entering in the play-offs."

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