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.
Pre-draw scenario for the group stage
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.
|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|
|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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