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
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."