Jürgen Klopp says Champions League has never been stronger
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Aug 30, 2019,
Aug 30, 2019, 0:15
"They really know how to finish teams off, they dominate in possession, they're patient when they need to be but once they turn it on and start scoring it's nearly impossible to stop them", he added. Zinedine Zidane will likely lead them back to some sort of good form sooner rather than later, and that could result in a hard Champions League opponent.
The remaining 24 teams are divided into pots two to four according to their club coefficient rankings - a ranking system devised by UEFA based on a team's previous results in Europe.
The Reds are top seeds as defending champions alongside Europa League winners Chelsea.
Istanbul will host the final on May 30 with the group stage getting under way in mid-September.
As a effect, the 32 qualified teams were placed into four seeding pots, which makes for an exciting draw.
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The Hornets finished in a comfortable 11th place last season and reached the FA Cup final, so Gracia has surely earned a little patience.
In the case of associations with two or more representatives, clubs will be paired in order to split their matches between Tuesday and Wednesday.
UEFA restrictions in the draw prevent teams from the same country being in the same group, and keeps Russian and Ukrainian teams apart due to political tensions.
Russia's rise to be UEFA's sixth-ranked national league, with two guaranteed places, has exposed a relative decline of Portugal's clubs. Salihamidzic is expecting some tough encounters in the away games against Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade due to the atmosphere created by the passionate fans of these clubs.
No two teams from the same association can be drawn together at this stage - so there will be no English derbies just yet. Tottenham enjoyed an incredible campaign last season making it to their maiden final in the Champions League after overcoming Ajax in a nerve-wracking semi-final.
The draw will be at 6pm local time in Monaco on Thursday, August 29. It includes awards presented to the best men's and women's players in European soccer last season. The Round of 16 knockout pairings are drawn on December 16.