Champions League draw: Who can Borussia Dortmund face in the group stage?

Messi in action against United. Image PA

Messi in action against United. Image PA

The result means Benfica take their place among the second seeds for Friday's (AEST) draw - a superior coefficient to Liverpool meaning the Premier League side will now reside in pot three.

Real Madrid have renewed their interest in Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, according to reports.

But what's the best case scenario for the Red Devils?

Title holder Real Madrid and other European powers could be paired against some fresh faces in the Champions League draw on Thursday.

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Teams from the same nation can not face each other in the group stage, meaning Borussia Dortmund will avoid Bayern Munich, Schalke and Hoffenheim.

Pot two: Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli, Tottenham, Roma, Benfica.

Pot 1: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain.

Qualification for the group stage was completed on Wednesday evening when Benfica beat Greek side PAOK Salonika, Dutch champions PSV overcame BATE Borisov, and Red Star Belgrade defeated Red Bull Salzburg on away goals.

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Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Young Boys, Inter Milan, Hoffenheim and AEK Athens have all been confirmed for pot four. But the draw could make some interesting ties and it is very possible that Borussia Dortmund could be in the group of death once again. One team from each pot will be placed in each group.

Manchester City will enter tomorrow's Champions League group stage draw in Pot 1 for the first time ever as the champions of England.

Pot three actually has plenty of decent clubs and the weakest sides are probably those qualifying from the Eredivisie, and it's only fair to pick Ajax after their second place finish.

What time will the games kick off? While Inter Milan are arguably the worst possible opponent in pot four, having made some impressive signings in the summer.

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