2021/22 Champions League – the full guide to today’s draw

2021/22 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – THE FULL GUIDE TO TODAY’S DRAW

This evening’s draw will be shown live on Inter’s various online channels from 18:00 CEST

MILAN – The club’s European path will be carved out in Istanbul in the Champions League group stage draw, which will start at 18:00 CEST.

HOW THE DRAW WORKS
Each group will be made up of one team from each pot. Thursday’s draw will respect the classic rule which states that teams from the same association cannot face each other in the group stage. Any other restrictions will be announced ahead of the draw ceremony.

UEFA has announced that if an association has two representatives, the clubs will be paired in order to split their fixtures between Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If an association has four (or more) representatives, two pairings will be made, which will be based on TV audiences and will be confirmed prior to the draw.

THE 32 TEAMS 
The 26 clubs that have automatically qualified for the Champions League group stage have been joined by the six play-off winning sides: Benfica, Malmo, Young Boys, Salzburg, Sheriff Tiraspol and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Pot 1

This includes the UEFA Champions League holders, the UEFA Europa League holders and the winners of the six highest-ranking leagues (Spain, England, Germany, Italy, France and Portugal).

Chelsea (ENG) [98,000] – UEFA Champions League holders
Bayern Munich (GER) [134,000]
Manchester City (ENG) [125,000]
Atletico Madrid (ESP) [115,000]
Villarreal (ESP) [63,000] – UEFA Europa League holders
Inter (ITA) [53,000]
Sporting CP (POR) [45,500]
LOSC Lille (FRA) [14,000]

Pot 2
Real Madrid 
Barcelona
Juventus
Manchester United
Paris Saint-Germain
Liverpool
Sevilla
Borussia Dortmund

Pot 3
Porto
Ajax
Leipzig
Atalanta
Zenit
Benfica
Salzburg
Shakhtar Donetsk

Pot 4
Besiktas
Bruges
Dynamo Kyiv
Milan
Wolfsburg
Young Boys
Malmo
Sheriff Tiraspol

THE END OF THE AWAY-GOAL RULE

The five-substitution rule remains in place in the 2021/22 Champions League. It is worth noting that if the aggregate score is level after the second leg, extra-time will be played, followed by a penalty shootout to determine the winner if necessary, regardless of the number of goals that each side has scored away from home.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DATES

GROUP STAGE
Matchday one: 14/15 September
Matchday two: 28/29 September
Matchday three: 19/20 October
Matchday four: 2/3 November
Matchday five: 23/24 November
Matchday six: 7/8 December

KNOCKOUT STAGE
Round of 16: 15/16/22/23 February and 8/9/15/16 March 2022
Quarter-finals: 5/6 and 12/13 April 2022
Semi-finals: 26/27 April and 3/4 May 2022
Final: 28 May 2022

Draw dates
26 August 2021: group stage (Istanbul, Turkey)
13 December 2021: round of 16
18 March 2022: quarter-finals and semi-finals

THE FINAL WILL BE PLAYED IN SAINT PETERSBURG

Saint Petersburg will stage the 2021/22 Champions League final. Zenit’s home ground was originally scheduled to host the 2021 final, which was eventually moved to Lisbon due to the pandemic.

HOW TO WATCH THE DRAW: INTER.IT AND THE CLUB’S SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS

We will follow the draw together on Inter.it, the official Inter app and on all the club’s social media channels with real-time updates from Istanbul. The ceremony will be shown from 18:00 CEST on Inter TV and streamed live on our YouTube channel, as well as on our website.

AWARDS DURING THE DRAW

The group stage draw is not the only highlight of the day, as the event in Istanbul is set to also include an awards ceremony for the UEFA men’s and women’s players of the year, the coaches of the year of men’s and women’s teams, as well as the players of the season by position.
 


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