Holders Chelsea and Europe’s elite await Champions League draw

By Tanisha Pandey

Holders Chelsea and their adversaries among Europe’s first-class will find their rivals in this present season’s UEFA Champions League when the draw for the gathering stage is made in Istanbul on Thursday from 1600 GMT.

The Turkish city has passed up facilitating the last of the opposition in every one of the last two seasons, with limitations identifying with the pandemic seeing the game moved without a second to spare to Portugal in progressive years.

Chelsea hence beat Manchester City in Porto in May and those two forces to be reckoned with of English football who have utilised their monetary muscle in the market over the late spring will be among the top picks to go as far as possible this season. “No one needs to rest. I need the following one, the following title,” Chelsea mentor Thomas Tuchel said subsequent to winning the prize.

Chelsea and Pep Guardiola’s City are both in the principal pot of seeds for the draw, in a service which will likewise see UEFA grant the prize for the best player of last season from a three-man waitlist of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Kevin De Bruyne, who all showed up in May’s conclusive.

Likewise in the principal pot of seeds are Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Sporting Lisbon, Lille and last season’s Europa League champs, Villarreal. As ever there are a lot of enormous names in the subsequent pot, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, who will draw in much more consideration in the wake of adding Lionel Messi to their elegant crew.

Other renowned names highlighting in the draw are Ajax, Benfica and AC Milan, who are showing up in Europe’s world-class club contest interestingly since 2013/14 in the wake of coming next in Serie A last season. The Champions League bunch stage will start off on September 14 and 15, with the last being held all going to design in Saint Petersburg on May 28 one year from now. The draw for the gathering phase of the Europa League and the new third-level Europa Conference League will occur on Friday, additionally in Istanbul.