he Champions League really kicks into gear today as the draw for the group stage is made.
Arsenal are back in the big time after seven seasons away, and Mikel Arteta has once again spent hugely to ensure that his squad are in the best possible shape to compete on all fronts. Declan Rice, who held the British transfer record for about two weeks, is set to experience Champions League football for the first time in his career.
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Manchester City are again considered favourites for the tournament, having finally lifted the trophy last season and completed the Treble with victory over Inter Milan in Istanbul, while rivals Manchester United will be looking for a deep run after being knocked out at the last-16 stage last season.
Newcastle are also returning to Europe’s top table after more than two decades away, their Saudi-backed takeover reaping rewards sooner than expected, but will find it tough given their lowly co-efficient ranking. Here’s how you can follow the draw live this afternoon.
How can I watch the Champions League group stage draw?
TV channel: The draw will be broadcast live in the UK on TNT Sport 1, with coverage starting at 4.45pm BST. The draw is set for 5pm.
Live stream: TNT Sport subscribers can watch the draw live via the app or website, while the draw will also be broadcast for free via Uefa’s YouTube and social media channels.
Live blog: You can follow the draw as it happens via Standard Sport’s live blog.