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Champions League 2018/19 draw: how and where to watch

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Find out how and where to watch the Champions League draw, which pot Atlético Madrid are in and who they could get in the group stage.

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It was an unfortunate Champions League for Atlético Madrid last year, with two draws against Azerbaijani side Qarabag at home and away sealing their fate in the competition. They did go on to win the Europa League and finish second in the league to salvage their season, but they want to be in the final in their home stadium at the end of the season.

And it starts here!

The draw for the group stages will take place on Thursday, Aug. 30 at Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, France. The event starts at 17:30 CEST but the draw will start, well, whenever the UEFA directors feel like it.

Here is the full list of where you can watch it. It’s on UEFA TV online, BT Sport in the United Kingdom and Univision Deportes and B/R Live in the United States.

The first round of fixtures will be played on September 18/19.

Who can Atlético get?

Atlético will avoid Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Lokomotiv Moscow. They also can’t get any of the Spanish teams.

That leaves some tasty potential fixtures, including possible games against Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Napoli, Ajax, Inter Milan or Liverprool. (Let us know who your ideal three would be in the comments.)

Champions League Pots

Pot 1
Pot 1
Real Madrid (holders)
Atletico Madrid (Europa League winners)
Barcelona
Bayern Munich
Manchester City
Juventus
Paris Saint-Germain
Lokomotiv Moscow
Pot 2
Borussia Dortmund
Porto
Manchester United
Shakhtar Donetsk
Napoli
Tottenham Hotspur
Roma
Pot 3
Schalke
Lyon
Monaco
Ajax
CSKA Moskva
Pot 4
Club Brugge
Galatasaray
Young Boys
Inter
Hoffenheim
AEK Athens
TBD
Liverpool
Valencia
Viktoria Plzen
Three play-off winners
Champions League Pots

Remaining fixtures:

2/3 October: Group stage matchday two

23/24 October: Group stage matchday three

6/7 November: Group stage matchday four

27/28 November: Group stage matchday five

11/12 December: Group stage matchday six

17 December: Round of 16 draw

12/13 and 19/20 February: Round of 16 first leg

5/6 and 12/13 March: Round of 16 second leg

15 March: Quarter-final and semi-final draw

9/10 April: Quarter-finals first leg

16/17 April: Quarter-finals second leg

30 April/1 May: Semi-finals first leg

7/8 May: Semi-finals second leg

1 June: Final at Wanda Metropolitano