Europa League Draw Preview

Draw for the group stages coming up shortly

Europa League trophy

While all of the attention today will be on our UEFA Super Cup final in Monaco against Inter, there’s one more formality to get out of the way before we take to the field against the winners of last season’s Champions League.

I am of course talking about the draw for the group stages of this season’s UEFA Europa League. The draw will decide which of the 47 teams Atlético will be playing over the coming months in order to progress to the knockout stages.

As holders, Atleti go into the draw automatically as Top Seeds, alongside AZ Alkmaar, VfB Stuttgart, Sporting Club Portugal, Juventus, Zenit St. Petersburg, PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow, Villarreal, Porto, Sevilla and Liverpool.

There are four pots, each with 12 teams. Without getting down into the nitty gritty technical details, the draw works by pulling one team from each pot and placing them in groups A-L.

As per the rules, Atlético can’t be drawn with another Spanish side in this stage of the competition, or another Top Seed.

They will, however, be drawn against one of the following from each pot.

Pot 2
Sampdoria (ITA)
Manchester City (ENG)
Besiktas (TUR)
Palermo (ITA)
Club Brugge (BEL)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Anderlecht (BEL)
Dynamo Kiev (UKR)
Lille (FRA)
Steaua Bucharest (ROM)

Pot 3
Sparta Prague (CZE)
AEK Athens (GRE)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR)
Levski Sofia (BUL)
Rosenborg (NOR)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Napoli (ITA)
Odense (DEN)
CSKA Sofia (BUL)
Salzburg (AUT)

Pot 4
Hajduk Split (CRO)
Debrecen (HUN)
FC Sheriff (MDA)
FC Lausanne-Sport (SUI)
KAA Gent (BEL)
Utrecht (NED)
Young Boys (SUI)
FC Karpaty Lyiv (UKR)
KKS Lech Poznan (POL)
PAOK (GRE)
Rapid Vienna (AUT)
Aris Thessaloniki FC (GRE)

The ones to avoid in Pot 2 are without doubt big-spending Manchester City.

The draw is set to be made at 12:00 GMT+1 today. UEFA.com have a live stream. AtleticoFans will be on hand to let you know who we’ve been drawn against to defend our crown!

Who do you want us to be drawn against?