Sport: Champions League group stage draw date, time and pots for Chelsea and Tottenham

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Champions League football is back for the 2022/23 campaign, with the biggest teams in Europe set to find out their opponents when the draw for the group stage takes place.

The Champions League group stage draw takes place in Turkey on Thursday afternoon © Kristian Skeie - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images The Champions League group stage draw takes place in Turkey on Thursday afternoon

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will both be hoping for favourable draws in order to progress to the knock-out stages - much like their fellow Premier League sides Liverpool and Manchester City.

Thomas Tuchel's team exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage last season after losing to Real Madrid, while Antonio Conte's Spurs side were eliminated from the Europa Conference League after UEFA ruled their postponed fixture against Rennes would be deemed as a forfeit.

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Both sides finished inside the top four last season and will be hoping for European glory at the end of the season.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Champions League group stage draw...

When is the draw?

The 2022/23 Champions League group stage draw will take place on 25 August in Istanbul, Turkey. It will be streamed live from 4pm on BT Sport in the UK, with previous draws having been available to watch for free on YouTube.

How will the group stage draw work?

There will be 32 teams in the pot, 26 of whom qualified for the group stage automatically and six play-off winners, whose identity will be confirmed on 23 and 24 August.

Before the draw takes place, teams are then split into four seeding pots.

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In pot 1 will be the holders (Real Madrid), Europa League winners (Eintracht Frankfurt) and the winners of the six highest ranked national leagues, who did not win either the Champions League or the Europa League.

Then, pots 2-4 are based on club coefficient rankings (past performances in UEFA competitions).

From there, each group will draw a team from each pot.

Are there any stipulations?

No club can draw a team from their own association. For example, Chelsea and Spurs could not be drawn in the same group.

Which pots are Chelsea and Spurs in?

Tuchel's men and Conte's side both find themselves in pot 2 alongside fellow Premier League side Liverpool, with Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and RB Leipzig also in the second pot.

How do the pots look?

Pot 1:

Real Madrid (ESP, Champions League holders)

Eintracht Frankfurt (GER, Europa League holders)

Manchester City (ENG)

AC Milan (ITA)

Bayern Munich (GER)

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

Porto (POR)

Ajax (NED)

Pot 2:

Liverpool (ENG)

Chelsea (ENG)

Barcelona (ESP)

Juventus (ITA)

Atletico Madrid (ESP)

Sevilla (ESP)

RB Leipzig (GER)

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

Pot 3:

Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Salzburg (AUT)

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)

Inter Milan (ITA)

Napoli (ITA)

Sporting Lisbon (POR)

Bayer Leverkusen (GER)

Pot 4:

Marseille (FRA)

Club Brugge (BEL)

Celtic (SCO)

Rangers (SCO)

Viktoria Plzen (CZH)

FC Copenhagen (DEN)

Maccibi Haifa (ISR)

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

What are the key dates?

Matchday 1: 6/7 September

Matchday 2: 13/14 September

Matchday 3: 4/5 October

Matchday 4: 11/12 October

Matchday 5: 25/26 October

Matchday 6: 1/2 November

Round of 16 draw: 7 November

Where is the 2023 final?

The 2022/23 Champions League final will take place on 10 June 2023 at Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium.


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