Champions: the potential opponents of FC Porto, Sporting and Benfica

With the end of the 2021/22 domestic championships, the composition of the group stage of the next edition of the UEFA Champions League, in which they are already FCPorto and Jock, continues to be defined. Benfica must play the qualifying round, in a scenario that is also beginning to take shape.

There are now a total of 26 clubs already confirmed in the competition’s group stage for 2022/23.

In addition to FC Porto and Sporting, they are in the group stage Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Milan, InterMilan, Salzburg, Napoli, Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk, Ajax, Celtic, Club Brugge, At. Madrid, Sevilla, Leipzig, Chelsea, Eintracht Frankfurt (Europa League winner), Tottenham and Marseille.

Moreover, with the title won, FC Porto also know that they will be in pot 1 of the group stage and there they have the company of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG, Milan, Manchester City and Eintracht Frankfurt. Teams that will not be able to compete in the group stage.

Bone the lions already know that they will stay in Pot 3, the same in which the Benfica if you pass the qualification. Lisbon cannot face Borussia Dortmund, Salzburg, Shakhtar, Inter Milan, Napoli and Leverkusen, teams also placed in the same pot.

The composition of the pots and the potential opponents of the Portuguese (see Benfica in the qualification below):

Bring 1: Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG, FC Porto, Milan, Manchester City and Eintracht Frankfurt (7/8).
(Liverpool complete the pot if they win the Champions, otherwise Ajax enter Pot 1 as Dutch Champions)

Bring 2: Barcelona, ​​Juventus, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla, Leipzig, Chelsea, Tottenham (7/8);
(Liverpool or Ajax)

Bring 3: Borussia Dortmund, Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli, Sporting, Inter Milan, Bayer Leverkusen (7/8); (Benfica enter here if they pass qualification – see below)

Bring 4: Marseilles, Club Brugge and Celtic (3/8).

The Champions League group stage is made up of 32 teams divided into eight groups, with most places filled until the end of the season and a small part will only be defined between July and August 2022, when there will be pre-round of 16 and playoffs.

This is where Benfica comes in.

With third place in the Championship, the Reds will enter the third qualifying round for non-champions and have a place in the pending Sporting pot (should they reach the group stage): 3. This route has four games , similar to what happened last season when Benfica faced Spartak Moscow in the third qualifying round and PSV in the playoffs.

Ajax’s confirmation as champions means the same PSV Eindhoven are second. The team led by Roger Schmidt, future coach of Benfica, does not yet have a defined status, so it may still be opponents of the reds, who are seeded, in the middle of the third qualifying round.

Glasgow Rangers, who dreamed of a direct entry into the group stage – which would have happened had they won the Europa League – will be with Benfica in the third qualifying round and top-seeded. In other words, the Scottish vice-champion will not fall to Benfica before the play-offs, like Dynamo kyiv and PSV Eindhoven. However, the Ukrainian club have not yet passed the second qualifying round.

Who can, yes, go out against the reds are Monaco from France, Sturm Graz from Austria, St. Gilloise from Belgium or Midtjylland from Denmark.

Basically, the situation for the third qualifying round is as follows:

seeded
Benfica
Glasgow Rangers
PSV Eindhoven
Dynamo kyiv* (has not yet played in the 2nd qualifying round)

no seed
monaco
Storm Graz
Saint-Gilloise
Midtjylland* (did not play 2nd qualifying round yet)

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