When is the UEFA Champions League draw? Manchester City and Arsenal pots, draw time and potential opponents


FOOTBALL When is the UEFA Champions League draw? Manchester City and Arsenal pots, draw time and potential opponents

Festus Chuma 20:30 - 30.08.2023

The UEFA Champions League group-stage draw for the 2023-24 season will reveal teams' fates as they prepare for intense matches starting in September.

Excitement is reaching its peak for football fans around the world as the highly anticipated draw for the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League group stage is just around the corner.

 On Thursday, August 31st, at 7pm East African Time, the footballing world will witness the fate of the 32 competing teams unfold as they are drawn into their respective groups for this season's campaign.

With six spots yet to be decided after the second legs of the qualifying play-offs on August 30th, the final line-up for the group stage will be locked in, paving the way for the exhilarating draw. 

The tension is palpable as teams eagerly await their group assignments, strategizing and dreaming of victory on Europe's grandest stage.

The draw follows the traditional format, maintaining the guidelines that have governed previous editions.

 Each group will consist of four teams, carefully crafted to ensure that clubs from the same country avoid clashing in the initial stage, as well as teams from the same pot.

 The 32 participating teams are divided into eight pots, setting the stage for an intense and diverse competition.

Pot 1, comprising football powerhouses like Manchester City, Sevilla, Bayern Munich, PSG, Barcelona, Benfica, Napoli, and Feyenoord, sets the stage for potential clashes of titans right from the beginning.

 Pot 2 features the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig, Porto, and Arsenal, promising enthralling battles between top-tier clubs.

Pot 3 introduces another layer of intrigue with teams such as Shakhtar Donetsk, Salzburg, Milan, Lazio, Red Star, and provisional teams Real Sociedad and Celtic. The composition of this pot adds an element of unpredictability to the draw, as the final entries are still to be confirmed.

In Pot 4, Lens, Newcastle, and Union Berlin await their other group oppinents, creating an environment where emerging talents and formidable underdogs could potentially spring surprises on their higher-ranked counterparts.

As the groups take shape, football aficionados can mark their calendars for a series of thrilling matchdays that will showcase the best of European football.

From the kickoff of Matchday 1 on September 19-20, 2023, to the final whistle of Matchday 6 on December 12-13, 2023, every encounter promises heart-pounding action, breathtaking goals, and unforgettable moments that will etch themselves into the annals of football history.

Football enthusiasts across the globe can catch all the drama and suspense of the draw live on UEFA's official website, uefa.com. 

For those glued to their television screens, official broadcast partners are expected to air the event on their respective channels, bringing the anticipation and excitement right into fans' living rooms.

In Kenya, the exclusive rights to broadcast Champions League games are held by SuperSport, making it the go-to channel for fans eager to witness their favorite clubs' journeys through this season's competition