Degenek's Red Star clinches Champions League spot with comeback win

Messi in action against United. Image PA

Matchday one will take place on 18 and 19 September, while the group stage will finish in December, with the round of 16 draw taking place on 17 December.

Victory for Benfica in their play-off tie with PAOK Salonika - confirmed by last night's 4-1 second leg rout in Greece - secured the Portuguese side a place in Pot 2 and ended Liverpool's hopes of moving up into the second tier of seeds.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are both placed in pot two, along with Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Roma.

Premier League sides Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool are set to discover their Champions League group stage opponents.

Liverpool reached the final of the Champions League last season, only to lose 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev.

There are four pots of eight teams, with one team from each pot forming a group, although teams from the same association can not face each other. Should they decide to table a decent offer for him, City might be tempted to accept it if they know it's unlikely he will sign a new deal in Manchester.

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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are undoubtedly the team to avoid from pot three, although there are plenty of other threats for the giants.

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But what's the best case scenario for the Red Devils?

For example, holders Real Madrid could conceivably have to take on Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Inter just to make it through to the knockout rounds.

Los Blancos have been fairly silent in the market this summer, and criticism has been often levelled at the fact that they haven't made any moves to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who completed a ginormous £90million transfer to Serie A champions Juventus in early July.

Dutch champions and 1988 European Cup winners PSV Eindhoven safely made it through to the group stages with a 6-2 aggregate win over BATE Borisov.

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