Champions League seedings place Dortmund in pot 3, Napoli in pot 4

Stefan Coerts
Goal.com
Champions League seedings place Dortmund in pot 3, Napoli in pot 4

The seedings for Thursday's Champions League group stage draw in Monaco have been decided, with last year's runner-up Dortmund in pot three and Rafa Benitez's Napoli in pot four.

The 32 qualifiers have been divided into four pots, with the restriction that teams from the same national association cannot be drawn together.

There are few surprises in pot one as holder Bayern Munich takes its place alongside powerhouses such as Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea -- although the occupation of Portuguese duo Porto and Benfica will raise some eyebrows.

Last year's finalist Borussia Dortmund has to settle for a place in pot three, meaning it could once again end up in a tricky pool -- with a group featuring Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli a possibility.

Another potential 'group of death' could be one consisting of Belgian champion Anderlecht -- which is only in pot four -- and giants Manchester City, Juventus and reigning European champion Bayern Munich.

The draw takes place Thursday in Monte Carlo at 11:45 ET and you can follow it live on Goal.

Pots

The Champions League group stage pots for 2013-14 are as follows:

Pot 1

Pot 2


Bayern Munich

Atletico Madrid


Barcelona

Shakhtar Donetsk


Chelsea  

AC Milan


Real Madrid

Schalke


Manchester United

Olympique de Marseille


Arsenal

CSKA Moscow


Porto

Paris Saint-Germain


Benfica

Juventus


 

 


Pot 3

Pot 4


Zenit St Petersburg

Copenhagen


Manchester City

Napoli


Ajax

Anderlecht


Borussia Dortmund

Celtic


Basel

Steaua Bucharest


Olympiakos

Viktoria Plzen


Galatasaray

Real Sociedad


Bayer Leverkusen

Austria Wien