Nyon (dpa) – Concern about the “hammer group” is high every year. Defending champions FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach will have their group opponents for the Champions League next Thursday (from 5 p.m.).

The champions of the seven best European competitions and the winners of the Europa League are placed in pot one. Pots two to four are divided according to the UEFA coefficient. In the evaluation of the European Football Association, Gladbach has been one of the weakest clubs in recent years.

Eight groups of four, each with a team from the four pots, will be drawn. German duels in the group stage are excluded.

The match will be played on 20/21. and 27./28. 3/4 October and 24./25. November and 1/2 and 8./9. December. Games may also be delayed due to the corona pandemic. UEFA reserves the right to extend the group stage until January 28. If the group stage cannot be completed for “whatever reason”, the UEFA board will also decide the composition of the knockout round, the umbrella association announced. The final in Istanbul is scheduled for May 29, 2021.

The lottery jars at a glance:

POT 1:

CLUB TITLE
FC Bayern Munich German champion / defending champion
Sevilla FC Europa League Winner
Real Madrid Spanish master
Liverpool FC English master
Juventus Turin Italian champion
Paris Saint Germain French master
Zenit Saint Petersburg Russian master
FC Porto Portuguese champion

POT 2:

CLUB UEFA COEFFICIENT
FC Barcelona 128,000
Atletico Madrid 127,000
Manchester City 116,000
Manchester United 100,000
Shakhtar Donetsk 85,000
Borussia Dortmund 85,000
Chelsea FC 83,000
ajax Amsterdam 69,500

POT 3:

CLUB UEFA COEFFICIENT
Dynamo Kiev 55,000
Red Bull Salzburg 53,500
RB Leipzig 49,000
Inter Milan 44,000
Olympiacos Piraeus 43,000
Lazio Rome 41,000
FK Krasnodar 35,500
Atalanta Bergamo 33,500

POT 4:

CLUB UEFA COEFFICIENT
Moscow locomotive 33,000
Olympique Marseille 31,000
Club Brugge 28,500
Borussia Monchengladbach 26,000
Istanbul 21,500
FC Midtjylland 14,500
Rennes stadium 14,000
Ferencvaros Budapest 9,000

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