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The wait is almost over to discover who Real Madrid’s opponents will be in the group stage of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League. The draw will take place in Monaco on August 29 at 18:00 CEST.  We are bringing you all the ins and outs that you need to know about the draw which will be followed by the UEFA Player of the Year award ceremony. So let’s begin with that.

No Real Madrid Player in UCL POTY Top 3

For the first time in many years, Real Madrid will not have a player on the UEFA Champions League Player of the Year podium. Cristiano Ronaldo made sure Real Madrid almost always had someone in the top 3 but he is no longer around in Madrid. Luka Modric won the prize last season for the stellar year of 2018 he had.

Top 3 nominees for this year: Leo Messi (Barcelona), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), and Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus).

The Pots

There are 4 pots in the draw, each having 8 teams and Real Madrid is in pot 2 this year. Here’s the full listing of each pot:

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Worst Case Scenario

Real Madrid’s pot 2 position means they can be drawn in a group of death. Here’s our pick for the toughest group-stage scenario the Los Blancos can encounter:

Manchester City

Real Madrid

Inter Milan

RB Leipzig

Best Case Scenario

In a draw with so many possibilities, Madrid may get fortunate as well. Here’s our pick for an easier group-stage scenario that Real Madrid can encounter:

Zenit

Real Madrid

Olympiacos

Crvena Zvezda

How does the draw work?

  • The 26 teams given direct entry to the group stage are joined by the six winners of the play-off ties.
  • The teams are split into four seeding pots. Pot 1 consists of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2, 3 and 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.
  • In the case of associations with two or more representatives, clubs will be paired in order to split their matches between Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • If a paired club is drawn, for example, in Groups A, B, C or D, the other paired club – once drawn – will automatically be assigned to one of Groups E, F, G or H.
  • The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League.

Draw Restrictions

  • Teams from the same national federation cannot face each other in the group stage.
  • Teams from Russia and Ukraine cannot be drawn in the same group.

Season Calendar

  • Group Stages

– 17/18 September: matchday one
– 1/2 October: matchday two
– 22/23 October: matchday three
– 5/6 November: matchday four
– 26/27 November: matchday five
– 10/11 December: matchday six

16 December: round of 16 draw

  • Round of 16

– 18/19/25/26 February: first leg
– 10/11/17/18 March: second leg

20 March: quarter-final & semi-final draw

  • Quarter-finals

– 7/8 April: first leg
– 14/15 April: second leg

  • Semi-finals

– 28/29 April: first leg
– 5/6 May: second leg

  • Final

– Saturday 30 May: Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı, Istanbul

Where to Watch

BT Sport will telecast the draw live. Click here to find out which channels broadcast the draw in your country.

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