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Tito Vilanova and his men are well aware of who their rivals could be in the Champions League group stage. A total of 22 teams could be paired up with FC Barcelona in the first phase of the continental competition. The draw to determine the teams in each group will take place this Thursday at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco at 17.45.

The Azulgranas are seeded in Pot 1, and are accompanied by Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Milan, Bayern Munich and Porto. Even though Barça will avoid a fair number of powerful teams in the group stage, the Azulgranas could face Manchester City, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund or Montpellier, champions of England, Italy, Germany and France, respectively.

All participant teams:

The 32 participant teams in this edition of the Champions League are divvied up in the following manner:

Pot 1: FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Milan, Bayer de Munich and Porto

Pot 2: Valencia, Benfica, Shaktar Donetsk, Zenit, Schalke 04, Manchester City, Sporting Braga and Dinamo Kiev

Pot 3: Olympiacos, Ajax, Juventus, Paris Saint Germain, Anderlecht, Spartak Moscow, Galatasaray and Lille

Pot 4: Borussia Dortmund, Celtic Glasgow, Bate Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb, CFR Cluj, Málaga, Montpelier and Nordsjaelland

The selection process will be identical to past editions. Meaning that Barça cannot face any team from Pot 1 or any team from the Spanish League (Real Madrid, Valencia or Málaga). Barça’s three rivals will come out of pots 2, 3, and 4; one team from each pot.

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