Champions League draw 2017: Group stage rules and preview

Posted August 24, 2017

Maribor's name will be among the teams for the group stage draw, after they recorded a 1-0 win over Hapoel Sheeva in the second leg. Mitja Viler scored the important goal to send the Slovenian team through.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who joined Celtic from Manchester City in the summer transfer window for a fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £4.5 million, is a France Under-21 global and grew up in Paris, according to The Scottish Sun.

POT 1: Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Benfica, AS Monaco, Spartak Moscow, Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Blues, the 2012 winners, return after a season's absence after winning the English title under Antonio Conte.

APOEL Nicosia of Cyprus and NK Maribor of Slovenia are among the more obscure teams to make their way through Champions League qualifying, though both have been here before.

When do the group stages start?

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The group stages get underway on Tuesday 12 September and conclude on Wednesday 6 December with the fixtures split into six matchdays to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

So we pretty much knew that Tottenham Hotspur were destined for Pot 3, but this kind of puts it in perspective at just how hard the draw could be for Tottenham.

But, following last season's European success, Jose Mourinho's men do not fear anybody and fans may naturally already be dreaming about a possible place in the final in Kiev on 26 May, 2018.

And the Europa League draw?

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