Champions League draw: What would be the worst case scenarios for the English clubs?

As many as five Premier League clubs could enter the Champions League main draw if Liverpool beat Hoffenheim

English football could boast the rare privilege of having FIVE clubs in the Champions League this season.

If Liverpool can get past Hoffenheim – they lead 2-1 from the first leg – in their third-round qualifying tie at Anfield on Wednesday night, the Premier League’s representation will extend past the default of four.


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Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City all qualified the routine way whilst Manchester United joined the elite level by winning the Europa League in May.

Chelsea are the only English side seeded in Pot 1, which features the title-winning teams from across Europe, while both Manchester clubs are grouped in Pot 2.

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Tottenham and Liverpool – should the Reds get there – face the prospects of a more difficult challenge from Pot 3.

But what would be the best and worst case scenarios be for each side?


A best case scenario would see the Blues grouped alongside either Porto or Sevilla, Anderlecht and Maribor.

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Porto demolished Leicester in the group stages last season

A worst case, however, could see a daunting trio of Barcelona, Napoli and RB Leipzig join them.


Spurs and Liverpool will have some work to do from Pot 3, but they could still strike luck with a favourable draw of Spartak Moscow, Porto or Sevilla and Maribor.

On the other hand, Real Madrid, PSG and RB Leipzig are also a distinct possibility.

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Leipzig and Naby Keita will be the team to avoid in Pot 4



Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho shouldn’t see any problems against Spartak Moscow, Anderlecht and Maribor.

But on the flip side, the task of getting past Real Madrid, Napoli and RB Leipzig wouldn’t be welcomed by either boss.

Napoli wouldn’t be anyone’s idea of a walk in the park

As for Arsenal? Well, you know the rest…

POT 1: Real Madrid, Bayer Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Benfica, Monaco, Spartak Moscow, Shakhtar Donetsk

POT2: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Manchester City, Porto, Manchester United

POT 3: Napoli, Tottenham, Basel, Olympiakos, Anderlecht, Liverpool*, Roma, Besiktas

POT 4: Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Copenhagen, Sporting Lisbon, APOEL Nicosia, Feyenoord, Maribor, RB Leipzig

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