Saturday, June 1, 2019, 21h57

Champions League: Benfica's possibilities for the group stage

Football

Panorama is clearer, but not yet defined, after the final of the 2018/19 edition of the Champions League.

After finding out the 2018/19 Champions League winner (Liverpool beat Tottenham by 2-0 in the final), Benfica has a clearer picture of the draw for the group stage of the 2019/20 edition of the Champions League.

Even though Benfica are national champions, they can't be in Pot 1, because it is reserved for the champions of the six European champions with more points in the UEFA coefficient (Spain, England, Italy, Germany, France, and Russia) and the winners of the Champions League and Europa League. Portugal is in seventh place in this ranking.

Liga dos Campeões

Chelsea's win over Arsenal in the Europa League final (4-1) left Benfica closer to being able to move from pot 3 to 2. However, in order to ascend to pot 2, it will be necessary for Ajax or FC Porto to slip in the qualifying round and do not qualify for the group stage.

Liga dos Campeões

Group stage pre-draw scenario (provisional)

Pot 1

Team Country Coefficient
Liverpool England 89.000
Chelsea  England 87.000
Barcelona Spain 138.000
Manchester City England 106.000
Juventus Italy 124.000
Bayern Munich Germany 128.000
Paris Saint-Germain France 103.000
Zenit Russia 72.000

Pot 2

Team Country Coefficient
Real Madrid Spain 146.000
Atlético Madrid Spain 127.000
FC Porto* Portugal 93.000
Borússia Dortmund Germany 85.000
Napoli Italy 80.000
Shakhtar Ukraine 80.000
Tottenham England 78.000
Ajax* Holland 70.500

Benfica-AEK

Pot 3

Team Country Coefficient
Benfica Portugal 68.000
Dynamo Kyiv* Ukraine 65.000
Lyon France 61.500
Bayer Leverkusen Germany 61.000
Salzburg Austria 54.500
Valência Spain 37.000
Inter Milan Italy 31.000
Celtic* Scotland 31.000

Pot 4

Team Country Coefficient
Copenhagen* Denmark 31.000
Dinamo Zagreb* Croatia 29.500
Lokomotiv Moscow  Russia 28.500
Genk Belgium 25.000
Galatasaray Turkey 22.500
RB Leipzig Germany 22.000
Atalanta Italy 14.945
Lille France 11.699

The teams marked with an asterisk (*) above must still compete in the Champions League qualifying rounds.

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Relevant date

3rd qualifying round (1st leg) August 6/7
3rd qualifying round (2nd leg) August 13
Play-off (1st leg) August 20/21
Play-off (2nd leg) August 27/28
Group stage draw August 29
Matchday 1 of the group stage September 17/18 

Text: Diogo Nascimento 

Pics: SL Benfica / UEFA

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