United's and City's preparations for the new Premier League season concluded in rather different fashion on Sunday. Jose Mourinho's men won just one of their five US tour fixtures in 90 minutes and rounded off a disappointing few weeks with a 1-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in Bavaria. City, on the other hand, got their hands on some silverware as Sergio Aguero's brace sealed a 2-0 Wembley win over Chelsea in the Community Shield. The top flight gets back underway this weekend, with United taking on Leicester at Old Trafford on Friday and City going to Arsenal on Sunday. After three rounds of Premier League fixtures, the Champions League group phase draw will take place in Monaco on August 30. Here, we take a look at which teams United and City could come up against, providing all the favourites progress through qualifying to reach the main draw. Provisional Champions League group draw pots 2018/19 Pot 1: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, … [Read more...] about Who could Manchester United and Man City face in Champions League group phase?
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The Premier League season may not kick off until next week, but the Champions League is already well underway. And while last season's finalists Liverpool don't begin their run in the competition until September 18, they already face a potentially tricky group stage, reports the Liverpool Echo. The Reds seeding still needs to be determined, but it did receive a boost as Basel suffered a shock exit at the hands of PAOK on Wednesday night. The Swiss club's elimination means Liverpool are now the highest-ranked third seeds in the competition - and will move into Pot 2 if Benfica fail to qualify for the group stages. The Portuguese side will meet Fenerbahce in a two-legged tie on August 7 and 14, and will face one further hurdle if they progress. Even though Liverpool's own fate is not yet known, the potential seedings have started to take shape. Indeed, Pot 1 is already confirmed, with only Liverpool or Benfica left to complete Pot 2. Pot 3 and Pot 4 become a little bit more difficult, … [Read more...] about Why Liverpool face nightmare Champions League group
Manchester United could face a tricky Champions League group stage draw next season following Real Madrid's weekend triumph. United will be drawn from pot 2, as they were last season, since Premier League champions City have the privilege of being among the seeds. Uefa has also rewarded the Europa League winners with pot 1 status, so Atletico Madrid are seeded. As usual, clubs cannot draw teams from their own nation until the quarter-final stage, so United will be kept apart from City, Liverpool and Tottenham. They could be drawn with either of the Madrid clubs, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain or Lokomotiv Moscow from pot 1. Barca, Bayern, City, Juve, PSG and Lokomotiv are seeded since they are champions of the top six associations based on the 2017 Uefa coefficients. United are alongside Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Tottenham in pot 2 and will be joined by the two clubs with the highest coefficient once the qualifying round … [Read more...] about Who Manchester United could draw in Champions League group stage
0 Have your say Celtic’s potential opponents in the Champions League group stage have been revealed. Brendan Rodgers men face four rounds and eight matches to reach the group stage which is an increase of two games due to changes in qualifying for the tournament.Looking ahead to the opponents who could be waiting for Celtic as the tournament gets underway should whet the appetite with the Hoops likely to be in the fourth pot.• READ MORE - Who Celtic, Aberdeen, Rangers and Hibs could face in EuropeThose fans wanting another star-studded group and trips to Europe’s biggest clubs could be rewarded with a group of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.However after the last two Champions League campaigns bringing Manchester City, PSG, Bayern Munich and Barcelona to Celtic Park, fans may wish for an easier and more realistic path to the knockout stage of the tournament.Providing certain teams join Celtic in qualifying through, they could be placed in a … [Read more...] about Revealed: Celtic’s potential opponents in the Champions League group stage
Manchester United know the opponents they could potentially draw in the opening stage of next season's Champions League following Real Madrid's victory in this season's competition. The Spanish giants proved too much for Liverpool as two Loris Karius howlers and a Gareth Bale wonder goal resulted in a 3-1 win. A recent revamp of the competition means that Pot 1 in the 32-team tournament now consists of domestic and European champions. Both Madrid teams have made it in after winning the Europa and Champions League respectively, with the remaining six clubs winners of the top six leagues in the UEFA country coefficients. Manchester City will represent England and they are joined by Madrid's Real and Atletico, PSG (France), Barcelona (Spain), Bayern Munich (Germany), Juventus (Italy) and Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia). Anthony Martial gets brutal message amid Manchester United transfer talk and World Cup omission United, who will feature in Pot 2 as a result of their European pedigree, … [Read more...] about Who could Man Utd face in the Champions League group stage?