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Clubs braced to learn Champions League fate

(CNN)Clubs across Europe will find out their UEFA Champions League group stage fixtures this afternoon as the draw for the opening round takes place in Monaco. Getting underway at 6pm CEST (12pm ET), the draw will determine who teams will face in the opening stage of the competition. The 32 teams that have qualified are split into four pots, with a team from each pot drawn into each group, until eight groups comprising of four teams are drawn. Reigning champion Liverpool -- which beat fellow English side Tottenham in the final in Madrid last year -- is in pot one. Joining the Reds are Europa League winner Chelsea, as well as the champions of the six highest-ranked nations which are Manchester City, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Pari ...
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