CHELSEA ANALYSE POSSIBLE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE OPPOSITION NEXT SEASON

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We all watched a thrilling Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus on Saturday night and surely we can’t wait for next season.

Chelsea missed out on the 2016/17 Champions League campaign, but will be part of next season’s campaign, having won the Premier League.

We have done the possible analysis of the teams we could meet in the group stage of the Champions League, and the official Chelsea website just recently did theirs too.

Read excerpts from their analysis: As champions of England, Antonio Conte’s men will be in Pot One when the draw is made in late August. We will be joined there by our fellow league winners from the seven other top-ranked UEFA Associations: Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Portugal and Ukraine.

The latter country have a place in the top pot because Real Madrid won in Saturday’s final in Cardiff having already being crowned La Liga champions.

So they are one of the teams we definitely cannot meet in the group stages, along with this year’s runners-up Juventus, Bayern Munich, Monaco, Spartak Moscow, Benfica and Shakhtar Donetsk.

That means there are some big hitters who will occupy a place in Pot Two, including regular European foes Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Porto.

The two Manchester clubs will also be in that pot but of course we cannot face a team from the same association at that early juncture in the competition. Should Sevilla qualify from the third qualifying round, they will complete that pot and provide potential fresh opposition for the Blues.

The picture becomes less clear as the possibilities for the Pot Three and Pot Four are examined.

Because of their low coefficients the Dutch champions Feyenoord, opponents in our maiden Champions League venture in 1999/00, will almost certainly be in Pot Four, as will German debutants RB Leipzig who, along with Dortmund, are the only potential new opponents of the 22 already-qualified teams.

Other guaranteed group-stage entrants Basel, Anderlecht, Roma and Besiktas are likely to be in the third pot, though that will depend on which 10 teams emerge from qualifying successful.

Should Liverpool make it, they would probably join Tottenham in Pot Three.

The draws for the Champions League for next season will be done on 24 August.

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