To Next Season And Beyond
That was quick! Not even a couple hours since the final of the Champions League and UEFA already has everything ready for next season's Champions (Jeez... Calm down, these guys at UEFA come at yo faster than GoT hate comments after season 8's ending).
Oh, and if you haven't seen the final... Here's a spoiler: Iron Man di... (F***, wrong spoiler)
Liverpool won (That's it) 2-0, in a match so boring, I cannot be even bother to comment. If you are in dire need of a break down Pelayo de Lario breaks down the game for you in a previous article.
The "epic" clash between Liverpool and Chelsea next season for the UEFA Super Cup will need to wait a little bit longer (Holidays, dah), so in the meanwhile, UEFA officers pass their time preparing one more year of the same footballing god send that is the Champions league.
As many sports newspapers, websites and multiple Twitter accounts have revealed (and as I'm doing now, clearly, I am an innovator), the four seeds of the "Group Stage" of the next edition 2019/20, which will be raffled on August 29, are already known. To start, FC Barcelona, will start at the top of the first seed (As they won La Liga in a rather uncompetitive season). The rest of La Liga teams; Real Madrid and Atletico will be slotted into the second seed, while Valencia will be in the third.
Alongside Barcelona, Liverpool are also confirmed as the final seeds for next season's Champions League group-stage draw after lifting the trophy in Madrid on Saturday night.
That means Liverpool and Barcelona will join Europa League holders Chelsea among the eight seeds, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, and Zenit Saint-Petersburg (Three Premier League teams in Pot 1? I guess Premier League is pretty good then).
The rest of the teams are seeded based on UEFA's five-year coefficient score for performance in European competition, with the strongest teams in Pot 2 and the weakest in Pot 4. Tottenham (Sorry about that final guys), who started in Pot 3, facing the likes of Barcelona, Inter and PSV, will have a greater chance of a favorable draw this season from Pot 2.
Other teams like Ajax, who made it through qualifying last year, will benefit from Chelsea winning the Europa League by taking the spare slot in Pot 2. Still, the teams from the number one seed are now confirmed (Do UEFA officials really take some holidays?). Here's the list:
POT 1: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St Petersburg
POT 2 (provisional): Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, FC Porto*, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Ajax*
POT 3 (provisional): Benfica, Dynamo Kiev*, Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Salzburg, Valencia, Inter Milan, Celtic*
POT 4 (provisional): FC Copenhagen*, Dinamo Zagreb*, Lokomotiv Moscow, Genk, Galatasaray, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Lille
* Will need to qualify alongside the rest of teams who are in the qualifying stages to either get to the great Champions League or to the "no, no, no, I don't want to be there" Europa League.
To conclude, the dates of the "Group Phase (and so on)"are also ready defined: 17-18 September 2019 (1), 1-2 October 2019 (2), 22-23 October (3), 5-6 November 2019 (4), 26-27 November 2019 (5) and 10-11 December 2019 (6) (If you're asking yourself what are the numbers in brackets... Is just the order of the matches. Even Michael Owen knows that).
The semifinals will be the 28-29 of April 2020 and the 5-6 of May 2020 and the acclaimed final will be on the 30th of May 2020, in Istanbul (And I hope it is not as boring as the last one).