NEWS
Thursday August 25 2011
Champions League draw looms

Milan, Inter and Napoli will learn their Champions League fate late this afternoon when the draw for Europe's premier club competition takes place.

Inter, winners in 2010, are among the top seeds, but Milan are in Pot 2 after Udinese failed to defeat Arsenal on Wednesday.

Champions League new boys Napoli, meanwhile, are among the bottom seeds given their lack of European football over the last few seasons.

Premiership giants Manchester City will be a team that many will want to avoid given their presence in Pot 3.

Due to the withdrawal of Fenerbahce by the Turkish FA as a result of a match-fixing investigation, Trabzonspor have been added to the draw.

No teams from the same countries can be paired against each other at this stage of the competition.

The draw for the eight groups will take place in Monaco at 16.45 BST.

POT 1

Barcelona

Manchester United

Chelsea

Bayern Munich

Arsenal

Real Madrid

FC Porto

Inter

POT 2

Milan

Lyon

Shakhtar Donetsk

Valencia

Benfica

Villarreal

CSKA Moscow

Marseille

POT 3

Zenit St Petersburg

Ajax

Bayer Leverkusen

Olympiakos

Manchester City

Lille

FC Basel

BATE Borisov

POT 4

Borussia Dortmund

Napoli

Dinamo Zagreb

APOEL

Trabzonspor

Genk

Viktoria Plzen

Otelul Galati

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