32 teams decide Champions League draw


The draw for the group stages of the Champions League will be held on Thursday evening in Monaco, with the final teams to go into the draw decided in the final qualifying games on Wednesday night. Luis Enrique’s side are again seeded in the top group, as they launch their bid to make the final in Berlin on June 6, 2015.

Final places confirmed

With 22 teams confirmed automatically, the remaining ten places were filled this week, with Porto, Zenit, Apoel, Bate Borisov and Maribor booking their places on Tuesday and Arsenal , Athletic Club Bilbao, Bayer Leverkusen, Ludogorets and Malmö qualifying on Wednesday.

This year’s Champions League draw will thus include four La Liga sides –FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico de Madrid and Athletic Club Bilbao, four from the Premier League –Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, and four from the Bundesliga –Bayern Munich, Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen.

Mestre and Zubi to represent the Club

FC Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre and Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta, will represent the Club at Thursday’s draw.