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Inter Milan and the Champions League draw

Let’s not forget about this coming up soon!

US Sassuolo v FC Internazionale - Serie A
Stefano Sensi of US Sassuolo and Balde Keita of FC Internazionale fight for the ball during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and FC Internazionale at Mapei Stadium - Citta’ del Tricolore on August 19, 2018 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy.
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On Thursday, Aug. 30, UEFA will hold the annual draw for the group stage of the Champions League competition for this season.

For Inter Milan, it will be the first time since the 2011-12 season that the Nerazzurri will take part in the pinnacle European club championship.

Inter won the title in 2010 after defeating Bayern Munich 2-0 in the finals, completing the treble of the Scudetto and Coppa Italia.

In 2011-12, the Nerazzurri won their group, but were knocked out by Marceille in the first knockout round.

Now, Inter is back and ready for the draw to the group stage of 32 teams.

Currently, Inter Milan is in pot four of the draw, but who joins them could change before Aug. 30. As things stand, here is the provisional draw pots:

Pot 1: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Lokomotiv Moscow

Pot 2: Borussia Dortmund, FC Porto, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica, Napoli, Tottenham Hotspur, AS Roma

Pot 3: Liverpool, Dinamo Kiev, Schalke, Lyon, Monaco, Salzburg, CSKA Moscow, PSV Eindhoven

Pot 4: Valencia, Plzen, Celtic, Club Brugge, Galatasaray, FK Astana, Inter Milan, Hoffenheim

Now, things could change as some teams are competing for final spots in the group stage. For example, if Benfica lose to PAOK, Liverpool could move up to pot two. If that happens, Inter will stay in pot four, but would be joined by Viktoria Plzen, AEK Athens, Fenerbache, Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Dinamo Zagreb and Hoffenheim.

Inter Milan will for certain be in pot four along with Club Brugge, Galatasaray and Hoffenheim due to their coefficient. Club Brugge and Galatasaray each have a coefficient of 29.5 and Viktoria Plzen has a coefficient of 33. Based on the coefficient of the teams in the playoff, only three have lower numbers than Inter, meaning the Nerazzurri will not move up.

The remaining teams in the pot will be determined at the conclusion of the playoffs.


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