Champions League group-stage draw 2017: Tottenham to play Real Madrid, Chelsea face Atletico, Manchester United in with Benfica

Chelsea will face Atlético Madrid in Champions League Group C in a draw which brings Diego Costa’s ongoing exile into renewed focus.

Six British clubs found out their opponents for the group stage, which begins on September 12 and 13, in the draw in Monaco.

Premier League champions Chelsea were drawn in Group C alongside Costa’s former club Atlético.

Costa joined Chelsea from Atlético in July 2014 and has been an unauthorised absentee from London this summer as he agitates for a move back to his former club.

Roma and Qarabag, the first Azerbaijan side to reach the group stages, are also in Group C.

Tottenham, runners-up behind their London rivals in May, face the unenviable task of facing holders Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in Group H, as well as Cyprus’ APOEL.

Scottish champions Celtic, play-off winners over Kazakhstan’s Astana, are also in a challenging pool, against Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Anderlecht in Group B.

Manchester United, who qualified by winning the Europa League in May, received a favourable draw in Group A alongside Benfica, Basle and CSKA Moscow.

Manchester City will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord in Group F.

Five-time winners Liverpool, who advanced via the play-offs with victory over Hoffenheim, will play Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Maribor in Group E. PA

Full draw

  • Group A Benfica, Man Utd, Basel, CSKA Moscow
  • Group B Bayern Munich, PSG, 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, Man City, Napoli, Feyenoord
  • Group G Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig
  • Group H Real Madrid, Dortmund, Tottenham, APOEL

Here’s how the draw looks

In graphic form. Would think that Manchester United and Liverpool will be delighted, City a little disturbed about the trip to Ukraine, Chelsea wary and Spurs feeling a little vexed. As for Celtic … All sorts of decent stories there, though, including 1968 and all that for Manchester United, Diego Costa and Chelsea, that 2-1 defeat for City in Naples in 2011, Gareth Bale v Spurs and Liverpool playing Sevilla who roused themselves in the 2016 Europa League final.

Credit: UefaCredit: Uefa



Cristiano Ronaldo

Is the men’s CL player of the year. He thanks his team mates with club and country, says his goal for this season is the same as last, to win everything.


And finally the men …

It’s between Leo Messi, Gigi Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo … it’s the latter, as you suspected.


Jumped the gun there on Lieke Martens

… but she is the women’s CL player of the year.


Lieke Martens is a nominee in the women’s awards

Credit: Paul Murphy - UEFA
Credit: Paul Murphy – UEFA

And here in her work duds …

Credit: Christof Koepsel - UEFA
Credit: Christof Koepsel – UEFA



Those groups in full

  • Group A Benfica, Man Utd, Basel, CSKA Moscow
  • Group B Bayern Munich, PSG, 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, Man City, Napoli, Feyenoord
  • Group G Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig
  • Group H Real Madrid, Dortmund, Tottenham, APOEL

Pot 4 draw

Red Bull Leipzig are the first out of the last pot and in they go into G with Monaco et al. Qarabag out next and who’s going to Azerbaijan, apart from Tony Adams? It;s Chelsea, in Group C. Feyenoord are out – winners in 1970 – and they go into F with Man City. It could be Rotterdam, or anywhere. Sporting are out now and are placed in group D with Juve and Barça … here come Celtic. And they get Group B with Bayern, PSG and Anderlecht. Ooof. CSKA Moscow have to go in Group A … Maribor out next and will play either Liverpool or Spurs. It’s E. Slovenia for the ‘Pool and APOEL go into H with Real, Dortmund and Spurs.


Forward of the Year

Spoiler alert. It’s ‘imself. Cristiano Ronaldo, Hasn’t had chips and gravy for nigh on eight years but he’s still flourishing it seems.


Pot 3 draw

First out are Anderlecht and they can go into any group. They’re chosen for B in with Bayern and PSG. Now it’s Basel and they have a free draw, going into Group A with Manchester United and Benfica. Besiktas are the fourth out, any group is possible for them and it’s G. Liverpool are out. And they can go into E or H. You’d want E, surely.  And it is E. Spurs out and they can go into H with Real Madrid and Dortmund. Francesco Totti pulls out Roma in Group C with Chelsea and Atletico. Which means Olympiakos are in D with Barcelona and Juve, Napoli are in F with Shakhtar and City.


Another award

And it’s looking like a full house for Real Madrid. Midfielder of the year is Luka Modric.

Credit: Valerio Pennicino - UEFA
Credit: Valerio Pennicino – UEFA



Pot 2 draw

Porto go into the bottom half of the draw and into Group G. Atletico Madrid can go into A-F and slot into C. Diego Costa! Manchester United next and go into A with Benfica. 1968! PSG are out next and can go into B or D – it’s B with Bayern Munich. City are out now and are popped into group F with Shakhtar. Sevilla can only go into E because they can’t go in with Real Madrid. So they’re in with Spartak, Dortmund go in with Real Madrid and Barcelona are drawn with Juventus in D.


Time for an award

And Sergio Ramos is the CL defender of the year.

Credit: Valerio Pennicino - UEFA
Credit: Valerio Pennicino – UEFA

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Pot 1 draw

Spartak Moscow are first out and go into Group E. Chelsea are second out and are placed in Group C. Benfica are put in Group A. Bayern Munich, who have won it four times and stole it in 1975, are in Group B. AS Monaco are in G.  Shakhtar are the sixth out and go into F. Real Madrid in H and Juventus in D.

* You may have to hit refresh to get each new team out of the pots


But first an award

CL goalkeeper of the season is … Gigi Buffon.

Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA
Credit: Christopher Lee – UEFA



Moving on to the main event, die meister, die besten

Totti and Shevchenko are doing the draw. ‘And the draw is just moments away.’


First up is the president’s award

In the gift of Aleksander Ceferin … and it goes to Francesco Totti.


Not just a great player, not just an icon to dozens and thousands of children but a servant to one club over many years … argle bargle … and a fantastic person.


Oh no

It’s Pedro Pinto who begins. Not Giorgio Marchetti. I don’t know how we’re going to get through this. There’ll be awards too for last season’s Champions League – defender of the year, goal of the year, pie of the year etc.


Dream/nightmare draws for the English sides

Alistair Tweedale, resident co-efficient czar, has crunched the permutations and come up with pleasurable and painful scenarios for the five Premier League sides. Read him here …


The pots

Pot 1Real Madrid (ESP, holders), Bayern München (GER), Juventus (ITA) Benfica (POR), Chelsea (ENG), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Monaco (FRA), Spartak Moskva (RUS).

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Pot 2 Barcelona (ESP), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Sevilla (ESP), Manchester City (ENG), Porto (POR), Manchester United (ENG).

Andriy Shevchenko, Uefa ambassador for Kiev, where the 2018 final will be played, poses with Old Big Ears before the draw
Andriy Shevchenko, Uefa ambassador for Kiev, where the 2018 final will be played, poses with Old Big Ears before the draw CREDIT: HAROLD CUNNINGHAM – UEFA

Pot 3 Napoli (ITA), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), Basel (SUI), Olympiacos (GRE), Anderlecht (BEL), Liverpool (ENG), Roma (ITA), Beşiktaş (TUR).

Pot 4 Celtic (SCO), CSKA Moskva (RUS), Sporting CP (POR), APOEL (CYP), Feyenoord (NED), Maribor (SVN), Qarabağ (AZE), RB Leipzig (GER).

Uefa’s draw notes

No team can play a club from their own association. Following a decision by the Uefa Executive Committee, Ukrainian and Russian teams cannot be drawn against each other.


Good afternoon

And welcome to the draw for the 2017-18 Champions League group stage draw. For those of us occupationally-prescribed lucky enough to watch the latest Carabao Cup fiasco presided over by Scarborough, Bradford City, Leeds United, Football League, EFL apparatchik Shaun Harvey,  there’s many a slip between ball and, ahem, bag. Moving on from bags and indeed balls, Uefa rarely has the same operational issues. So we should be in for a treat from Giorgio Marchetti and his final host city ambassador from Monaco. Are you ready?

Ce sont les meilleures équipes
Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften
The main event
Die Meister
Die Besten
Les grandes équipes
The champions


Champions League group stage draw – all you need to know

What is it?

The draw for this year’s Champions League group stages.

When is it?

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It takes place on Thursday, August 24, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

What time does it happen?

5pm BST.

What TV channel is it on?

The draw is on BT Sport 2 or via live stream on

What are the teams involved?

Which pots are the British teams in?

Chelsea, as champions of England, are the only side in Pot 1.

Manchester City and Manchester United will be in a strong-looking Pot 2.

Tottenham are in Pot 3, as their co-efficient ranking is lower than Europa League-winners United.

Liverpool joined Spurs in Pot 3 by winning their play-off against Hoffenheim, while Celtic are in Pot 4.

How does the draw work?

The draw consists of 32 teams, made up of 22 automatic qualifiers and 10 via the play-offs.

Those teams are divided into four pots and then drawn into eight different groups – with one team from each pot.

No team can draw another from their own country or from the same pot.

Pot 1 comprises of the current holders (Real Madrid) and the champions of the other top eight leagues in Europe.

Therefore, Pot 1 will have Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco and Spartak Moscow.

When will the matches be played?

The group stage games will be split into six match days with games to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

12-13 September

26-27 September

17-18 October

31 October-1 November

21-22 November

5-6 December

What are the best odds (to win outright)?

Real Madrid 9/2

Barcelona 6/1

Bayern Munich 13/2

Paris St-Germain 8/1

Manchester City 12/1

Manchester United 14/1

Juventus 14/1

Chelsea 16/1

Atletico Madrid 16/1

Liverpool 30/1

Borussia Dortmund 33/1

Tottenham 35/1

Celtic 500/1


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