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Everything you need to know as Manchester City enter this season’s Champions League group stage draw.

Everything you need to know as Manchester City enter this season’s Champions League group stage draw.

WHEN AND WHERE

The group stage draw for the 2021-22 campaign takes place on Thursday 26 August at 18:00 (CET).

The ceremony is being held in Istanbul, Turkey, and will be assisted by Final ambassador Andriy Arshavin and special guest, Michael Essien.

City make up a 26-strong contingent of teams to have qualified automatically for this stage of the competition and will be joined by the six play-off winners from the two-legged qualifying rounds.

The teams are split into four seeding pots based on their domestic and European success in the previous campaign.

Pot 1 will consist of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations who did not qualify via one of the 2020/21 continental titles.

Pots 2-4 are determined by the UEFA coefficient rankings.

City can’t be drawn to face any of their fellow Pot One members in the group stage, nor any of our fellow English sides in Liverpool and Manchester United.

Of those already confirmed in the group stages, we could face one from each of the following pots:

Pot Two: Real Madrid (SPA), Barcelona (SPA), Sevilla (SPA), Juventus (ITA), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Borussia Dortmund (GER).

Pot Three: Ajax (NED), RB Leipzig (GER), Atalanta (ITA), FC Porto (POR), Zenit (RUS).

Pot three or four: PLUS: Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) or Monaco (FRA), RB Salzburg (AUS) or Brondby (DEN), Benfica (POR) or PSV Eindhoven (NED), Besiktas (TUR), Dynamo Kiev (UKR), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) or Sheriff Tiraspol (MOL).

Pot Four: AC Milan (ITA), Wolfsburg (GER), Club Brugge (BEL), Young Boys (SWI) or Ferencvaros (HUN), Ludogorets (BUL) or Malmo (SWE).

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