Real Madrid Qualify For Champions League
By John Owen Nwachukwu,
Spanish giants, Real Madrid have completed the lineup of seeds for next season’s Champions League group stage draw after the La Liga title success.
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Real defeated Malaga 2-0 to kill Barcelona’s title hope on Sunday evening and they will be seeded along with the champions of the major leagues across Europe.
Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Monaco, Spartak Moscow are in the top pot.
Whereas Shakhtar Donetsk was promoted to pot 1 as the position held for the holders — Juve or Real Madrid — will not be used.
With this, there will again be a strong collection of teams in the second pot, with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Man City and Porto assured of their places.
Also in pot 2 are Sevilla and Manchester United if they respectively come through the qualifying round and win the Europa League.
Napoli and Tottenham Hotspur could benefit and move up from pot 3.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW POTS
Seeded (confirmed): Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Spartak Moscow.
Pot 2 (provisional): Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla*, Man City, FC Porto, Manchester United**
Pot 3 (provisional): Napoli*, Tottenham, FC Basel, Dynamo Kiev*, Ajax*, Olympiakos*, Anderlecht, Liverpool*
Pot 4: All other qualifying clubs.
Clubs that must come through qualifying rounds (Ajax would not have to qualify as Europa League holders) Or must win Europa League.