The group stage of the continental extravaganza will start on 17th September.

The UEFA Champions League defending champions Liverpool FC are placed in Pot 1 for the UCL draw on Thursday. Along with them, respective league winners Manchester City, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, PSG, Juventus, Zenit St. Petersburg and UEFA Europa League winners Chelsea are in the topmost pot.

Talking to, Fabinho is enthusiastic for the new season where the team is keen on becoming the second club ever to defend the European title after Real Madrid.

The Brazilia midfielder said, “The Champions League is a special competition and we’re the reigning champions, so there’s always going to be a lot of expectation about who we’re going to come up against. We’re relaxed about it.”

“We’re fully aware that when we return from this international break there will be a more intense fixture schedule with midweek games, but that’s good – we like it.”

“As we’re the reigning champions, all the other teams are going to focus much more on us, they’ll know more about our team.”

“We’re excited about this season’s competition. We know how strong the team is and, as always, we have to work hard and with confidence.”

The draw will take place in Monaco and will be showed live on at 6pm CEST / 9:30pm IST

The match days are given below:

Matchday one: 17/18 September
Matchday two: 1/2 October
Matchday three: 22/23 October
Matchday four: 5/6 November
Matchday five: 26/27 November
Matchday six: 10/11 December