In view of today’s draw at 1 pm in Nyon, the structure of the four bands is established after the matches of the fourth and final preliminary rounds in which there were shocks with significant eliminations. In the preliminaries, the rivalry lost some favoured clubs, Athletic, Basel, Galatasaray and Wolfsburg in particular, and Napoli thus saw the challenges minimized. The first hurdle has been scaled by PSV and Celtic and Napoli will not be able to reach them and Leicester, Another 5-2 winner against City, and one of the final victory favorites, climbed to second. Two teams from the major European leagues, Granada and Hoffenheim, are also in the third pot, but with a poor ranking because of the few European appearances. All the rather modest teams except Nice and Lille were in the fourth pot, particularly the latter last year in the Champions League, which might increase the difficulty coefficient of some groups.

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