Clubs await Champions League fate

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Bayern Munich: Defending champions await group draw

Bayern Munich: Defending champions await group draw

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Five British teams are in the Champions League group stage draw which takes place in Monaco and is live on Sky Sports News Radio from 4pm.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are joined by Arsenal and Celtic, who came through the final qualifying round this week.

The Hoops overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to defeat Shakhter Karagandy with three goals at Celtic Park on Wednesday night, with James Forrest scoring the winner in injury time.

Celtic's qualification this week, along with AC Milan and Steaua Bucharest, means there will be 14 previous winners of Europe's elite tournament involved in this season's Champions League.

Manchester City are the only Premier League club not in pot one, which contains current holders Bayern Munich, Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona and Portuguese rivals Porto and Benfica, whose Stadium of Light home will host the final.

City will be joined in pot three with two of the teams who finished above them in their group last season, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund - who went all the way to the final.

Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain and French rivals Marseille are in pot two with the likes of Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Schalke 04.

Pot 1: FC Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester Utd, Arsenal, Porto, Benfica

Pot 2: Atletico Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, AC Milan, Schalke, Marseille, CSKA Moscow, PSG, Juventus

Pot 3: Zenit, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Basel, Olympiakos, Galatasaray, Bayer Leverkusen

Pot 4: FC Copenhagen, Napoli, Anderlecht, Celtic, Steaua Bucharest, Pizen, Real Sociedad, Austria Vienna

Follow the Champions League draw live on Sky Sports News Radio with former England defender Danny Mills

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