Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 21h55

Champions League: Benfica moves up to Pot 2

Football

With the elimination of FC Porto in the 3rd qualifying round, Bruno Lage's team avoids, in theory, more complicated opponents in the group stage.

Benfica is in Pot 2 of the Champions League! The Reds benefit from the elimination of FC Porto in the 3rd qualifying round and thus avoid opponents such as Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, among others.

The elimination of FC Porto against Krasnodar (3-3 in aggregate, after a 2-3 win for the Russians at Dragão) puts the men under Bruno Lage in Pot 2

Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, Shakhtar and Ajax are the teams that the Eagles won't have to face in the group stage of the Champions League.  

Even as the National Champion, Benfica cannot be in Pot 1, because it is reserved for the winners of the six European championships with more points in the UEFA coefficient (Spain, England, Italy, Germany, France, and Russia) and the clubs who won the Champions League and the Europa League. Portugal sits seventh in this ranking.

Liga dos Campeões

Pre-draw scenario for the group stage

Pot 1

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

Pot 2

Team Country Coefficient
Real Madrid Spain 146.000
Atletico Madrid Spain 127.000
Boressia Dortmund Germany 85.000
Napoli Italy 80.000
Shakhtar Ukraine 80.000
Tottenham England 78.000
Ajax* Holand 70.500
Benfica Portugal 68.000

Benfica-AEK

Pot 3

Team Country Coefficient
Lyon France 61.500
Bayer Leverkusen Germany 61.000
Salzburg Austria 54.500
Club Brugge* Belgium 39.500
Valencia Spain 37.000
Krasnodar* Russia 34.500
Inter Milan Italy 31.000
Dnamo Zagreb* Croatia 29.500

Pot 4

Team Country Coefficient
Lokomotiv Moscow Russia 28.500
Genk Belgium 25.000
Galatasaray Turkey 22.500
RB Leipzig Germany 22.000
Red Star* Serbia 16.750
Atalanta Italy 14.945
Lille France 11.699
CFR Cluj* Roménia 3.500

Teams marked with an asterisk above (*) will still have to play the Champions League play-off and are inserted into those pots because of their coefficient.

Liga dos Campeões

Relevant dates

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

Play-off games

Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) vs Rosenborg (Norway)
Cluj (Romenia) vs Slavia Praha (Czech Republic)
Young Boys (Switzerland) vs Red Star (Serbia)
APOEL (Cyprus) vs Ajax (Holand)
LASK (Austria) vs Club Brugge (Belgium)
Olympiakos (Greece) vs Krasnodar (Russia)

Text: Diogo Nascimento

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