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Official: Atletico Madrid’s three opponents for Champions League group stages

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The group stages of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League will kick off in the first week of September. And draws to place teams in groups were held today in Istanbul, Turkey.

Atletico Madrid had been placed in Pot 2 based on their UEFA coefficient rankings. The Rojiblancos had the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus, Sevilla, RB Leipzig and Tottenham Hotspur for company in the pot, meaning they would avoid all these teams.

Atletico Madrid would avoid Real Madrid, who were in Pot 1 as teams from the same league cannot be drawn in the same group.

For the first round of the draw, Los Colchoneros counted themselves lucky to avoid Pot 1 teams such as Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. Instead, they were drawn against Portuguese champions FC Porto in Group B.

Among Pot 3 teams, Atletico Madrid and FC Porto were subsequently drawn with Bayer Leverkusen. The Bundesliga giants had Group B as the only option as they were ineligible to be a part of the other groups.

The draw ended with the inclusion of Club Brugge, who finished second in the Belgian league last season. They are the minnows of Group B but have more than enough experience to cause a major upset and perhaps even make a case for a top-two finish by the end of the year.

The 2022/23 edition of the UEFA Champions League is scheduled to start in the first week of September. The group stage should conclude in November 1/2, with the Round of 16 draw set to take place on November 7.

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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo

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According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.

Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.

Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.

Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.

Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.

However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.

Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.

Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.

It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.

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