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Hosts Pedro Pinto and Reshmin Chowdhury take the stage in Istanbul. Two minutes later, and they’ve already prepared the first assembly. As that sweeps across the continent, here are the clubs most likely to win this year’s Champions League, according to bookmaker aggregation site Oddschecker: Manchester City are favourites, followed by PSG, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Internazionale, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund. Let’s see if that changes once the draw is done.

It’s Football Weekly Extra’s turn to reflect on the group stage of the draw. Colin McMillan of Rangers podcast Heart and Hand joins Max, Barry et al on how big this is for the Light Blues.

Current and past winners in the draw: Real Madrid, AC Milan, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, ​​​​Ajax, Internazionale, Juventus, Benfica, Chelsea, Porto, Celtic, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund.

Previous finalists hoping to finally do better: Atletico Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Bruges, Tottenham Hotspur, PSG, Manchester City.

More on that TV pairing. We might as well, we have time to kill. To ensure that certain clubs from the same country do not pollute the TV schedule on the same day, UEFA has made 11 combinations. All eight groups are distinguished by color – A to D red, E to H blue – and when a paired club is drawn in, say, one of the red groups, the computer assigns the other paired club blue. Head hurts. The pairings are as follows:

  • Real Madrid and Barcelona

  • Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig

  • Manchester City and Liverpool

  • AC Milan and Napoli

  • Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

  • PSG and Marseille

  • Porto and Benfica

  • Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur

  • Juventus and Internazionale

  • Atletico Madrid and Seville

  • Rangers and Celtic

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The grid. This year’s group stage is squeezed into a nine-week window, instead of the usual three months. The things we do for Qatar. The first match day is on Tuesday 6 September, the last on Wednesday 2 November. These are the dates for your calendar…

  • Match day 1: 6 and 7 September

  • Matchday 2: 13 and 14 September

  • Matchday 3: 4 and 5 October

  • Matchday 4: 11 and 12 October

  • Matchday 5: 25 and 26 October

  • Matchday 6: November 1 and 2

…then after everyone has run themselves into the ground at the World Cup, competition resumes later than usual. Here’s what the rest looks like:

  • Round of 16: February 14 and 15; March 7 and 8

  • Round of 16: February 21 and 22; March 14 and 15

  • Quarter-finals: April 11 and 12; April 18 and 19

  • Semifinals: May 9 and 10; May 16 and 17

Then the final on Saturday June 10, 2023, at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. As a great man once wondered after pondering the mechanics of an unnecessarily complicated draw: who will it be?

Preamble

The draw for the 2022-23 Champions League group stage will take place tonight at Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium. The sown pots look like this …

  • Pot 1: Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Manchester City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint Germain, Porto, Ajax

  • Pot 2: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, ​​Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Tottenham

  • Pot 3: Borussia Dortmund, Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Internazionale, Napoli, Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Bayer Leverkusen

  • Pot 4: Rangers, Marseille, Copenhagen, Bruges, Celtic, Viktoria Plzen, Maccabi Haifa, Dinamo Zagreb

… and the usual rules apply. Teams from pot 1 are divided into groups A through H, after which teams from the next three pots are in turn picked from the bowls of the lottery. When a team is chosen from Pots 2, 3, and 4, a computer immediately dumps them into the first available group, subject to constraints. That is, two teams from the same country are not allowed to face each other, while certain pairs from the same country must play on different nights for TV purposes. Don’t ask, life is too short, that’s why the computer is going to handle it.

The draw is scheduled to start at 7pm in Istanbul, which is 5pm BST. Of course, it won’t be a mind-blowing amount of pomp and circumstance before someone deigns to get started. But once those damn balls are picked, pulled apart, the paper unwound in them, the names on the paper read out loud, and the teams assigned to groups, you’ll be the first to know. It’s on!

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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