NYON, SWITZERLAND - AUGUST 08:  Draw balls are shuffled during the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League Play-off round draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football on August 8, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

UEFA Champions League Pots Confirmed Ahead of Thursday's Group Stage Draw

​Ahead of the Champions League group stage draw, the seeding pots have been confirmed.

4. Pot 4

​Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg, Dinamo Zagreb, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Gent, Malmö, FC Astana, BATE Borisov

FC Astana are the first ever club from Kazakhstan to reach the Champions League group stages, bringing a whole new meaning to the term 'Eastern Europe'. Borussia Monchengladbach are making their debut in the competition in its current guise, as are Gent.

3. Pot 3

Olympique Lyonnais, Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos, Galatasaray, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla, CSKA Moscow

Pot Three holds several very able clubs in Lyon, Sevilla and Roma, while most will western European sides will be keen to avoid midweek trips to places like Istanbul, Kiev and Moscow.

2. Pot 2

Manches​ter City, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, FC Porto, Arsenal, Valencia, Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen

Pot Two is very strong this season, with a number of teams demoted from the top pot as a result of slight rule changes. Real Madrid will fancy their chances of winning the whole thing, while Manchester United have returned to the competition after a season away.

1. Pot 1

Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St Petersburg, PSV Eindhoven

UEFA have changed the format slightly this season. Pot One now features the holders, Barcelona, and the winners from Europe's other top seven leagues, bringing some of the true meaning back to the notion of the 'Champions' League.