Andy Schooler’s quick guide highlights the entry stages for each of the British clubs in the Champions League 2019-20, who is in which pot for the draw proper, and any permutations still to be decided in the qualifying rounds.


Manchester City – 1st Premier League

Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (2R) holds up the Preimer Leagu trophy as Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany (C) holds up the English League Cup trophy to fans as the Manchester City team take part in an open-top bus parade through Manchester, northern England on May 14, 2018 to celebrate winning the 2018 Premier League title. - Manchester City set the seal on a record-breaking season by becoming the first side in English top flight history to hit 100 points with victory at Southampton on Sunday. City also added another landmark by winning the league by a record 19 points from local rivals Manchester United. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Like all of the English sides, the Premier League champions will start the 2019/20 Champions League in the group stage on September 17 or 18. They will find out their opponents when the draw is made in Monaco on August 29.

As champions of England, City are already guaranteed to be in the top pot of seeds for that draw. The top six nations in UEFA’s association club coefficient ranking have their champions seeded, so Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St Petersburg will join City in pot one.

Also in the top pot will be this season’s Champions League winners Liverpool and the 2018/19 Europa League winners Chelsea.


Liverpool – 2nd Premier League

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp looks on before the UEFA Champions league semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on May 7, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

As explained above, Liverpool will be in pot one for the group-stage draw for winning the Champions League final against Spurs. That means the Reds cannot be drawn with Barcelona, Bayern Munich or PSG – three sides they’ve played in last season’s competition.

Liverpool cannot face another English side in the group stage as teams from the same country cannot be placed in the same pool.

One other thing to note – the 2020 final is to be played in the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, the venue of Liverpool’s famous comeback in the 2005 final against AC Milan which they won on penalties.

Name on the trophy and all that.


Chelsea – 3rd Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea speaks with Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Chelsea and Slavia Praha at Stamford Bridge on April 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Chelsea will be in pot one after winning their Europa League final showdown with London rivals Arsenal in Baku last May.

Other European giants who are already guaranteed to be in pot two include 13-time winners Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.


Tottenham – 4th Premier League


Champions League Final 2019 runners up Tottenham will be in pot two.

There had been a chance Spurs would slip into pot three but results in other European leagues over the past couple of weeks have ensured that won’t now happen. Roma’s failure to finish in the top four in Serie A was the clincher.


Celtic – 1st Scottish Premier League

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 19: Celtic manager Neil Lennon is seen with the trophy during the Scottish Premier league match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park on May 19, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Scottish champions entered the first qualifying round and needed to win four two-legged ties in order to qualify for the group stage.

Their hopes of playing in the Champions League group stages were ended by Romanian champions CFR Cluj who progress to the final play-off round.

Celtic now have the consolation of dropping into the Europa League play-off round and can reach the group stage proper if they overcome a two-legged tie against either Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova or Swedish side AIK.


Champions League draw dates:

Jun-11 Preliminary round
Jun-18 1st & 2nd qualifying round
Jul-22 3rd qualifying round
Aug-05 Play-off round
Aug-29 Group stage
Dec-16 Last 16
Mar-20 Quarter-finals & semi-finals


Champions League round dates:

Jun-25 Preliminary round semi-finals
Jun-28 Preliminary round final
July 9-10 1st qualifying round, 1st legs
July 16-17 1st qualifying round, 2nd legs
July 23-24 2nd qualifying round, 1st legs
July 30-31 2nd qualifying round, 2nd legs
August 6-7 3rd qualifying round, 1st legs
Aug-13 3rd qualifying round, 2nd legs
August 20-21 Play-off round, 1st legs
August 27-28 Play-off round, 2nd legs
September 17-18 Group stage, matchday 1
October 1-2 Group stage, matchday 2
October 22-23 Group stage, matchday 3
November 5-6 Group stage, matchday 4
November 26-27 Group stage, matchday 5
December 10-11 Group stage, matchday 6
February 18-19 & 25-26 Last 16, 1st legs
March 10-11 & 17-18 Last 16, 2nd legs
April 7-8 Quarter-final, 1st legs
April 14-15 Quarter-final, 2nd legs
April 28-29 Semi-final, 1st legs
May 5-6 Semi-final, 2nd legs
May-30 Final


Odds are correct at the time of posting

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