Barcelona and Real Madrid will be two of the 16 teams that will compete in the group stage of the remodeled women’s Champions League. The two teams already know the hypothetical rivals with which they will cross in this phase that will be drawn the next Monday, September 13 in Nyon and where the azulgranas will start in the first pot and the whites in the third.
Drums to make pools
The Pot 1 will make up the Barcelona, champion of the Champions League and champion of the Spanish League; the PSG, champion of the French League; the Bayern Munich, champion of the German League; and the Chelsea, champion of the English League.
The Pot 2 will make up the Olympique Lyonnais, runner-up in the French League; the Wolfsburg, runner-up in the German League; the Arsenal, third of the English League; and the Breidablik, champion of the Icelandic League.
The Pot 3 will make up the Häcken, champion of the Swedish League wing; the Juventus, champion of the Italian League; and the Hoffenheim, third of the German League; and the Real Madrid, runner-up in the Spanish League.
The Pot 4 will make up the Benfica, champion of the Portuguese League; the Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv, champion of the Ukrainian League; the Servette, champion of the Swiss League; and the Køge, champion of the Danish League.
The road to Turin
The draw to be held in Nyon next Monday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m. has the premise that two teams from the same country will not be able to coincide in the group, so the two Spaniards will go their separate ways. Six games will be played (three at home and three away) and the first two of each group will qualify directly for the quarterfinals.
The group stage will be played on the days October 5/6 (1st day), October 13/14 (2nd day), November 9/10 (3rd day), 17/18 November (4th day), 8/9 December (5th day) and December 15/16 (6th day).
Then there will be a new draw on December 20 which will define the quarterfinals (March 22/23 and March 30/31), the semifinals (April 23/24 and April 30 / May 1) and the final to be held at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Sunday 22 May.