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Benfica and Porto to be top seeds for Champions League draw

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Portugal's top two have been handed a European boost after once again being placed in pot one for the Group Stage draw of the 2014/2015 Champions League, according to the Independent.

The duo would avoid the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, although Porto will have to compete in a play-off fixture first. The seeding is based on team's UEFA Coefficient, worked out by assessing a club's results in the Champions League and the Europa League over the last five seasons, as well as taking into account their countries coefficient.

Benfica's coefficient is boosted by successive Europa League final appearances, while Porto have regularly progressed from the Group Stage in recent seasons.

Although the two teams will be boosted by their seeding, it does not guarantee an easy group.

Last season Benfica were drawn alongside French champions Paris Saint-Germain, Olympiacos and Anderlecht and ended up being pipped to second place in the group by their Greek opponents.

Finishing third in the group saw them enter the Europa League Round of 32 and they would go on to reach the final where they lost out to Sevilla on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.

Porto's draw saw them partnered with this season's finalists, and newly crowned La Liga winners Atletico Madrid, Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg and Austria Wien.

Like their Primeira Liga rivals, Porto could only finish third in the group and would enter the Round of 32 of the Europa League and would also fall victim to Sevilla, losing 4-2 on aggregate in the quarter finals.

A number of big clubs have been placed in pots two and three, while Monaco's recent cash injection isn't enough to stop them being placed in pot four alongside Roma. In a worst case scenario, Benfica or Porto could find themselves in a group with one of Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City or PSG.

Further down the draw Ajax, Napoli and Liverpool could all provide stern opposition from pot three - where Sporting Lisbon have been placed.

Sporting finished second in the Primeira Liga and will be guaranteed to enter at the group stage having not featured in the competition since 2009/2010, when they were beaten on away goals by Fiorentina in a play-off round.

Teams from the same country cannot be drawn against each other in the group stage, but Sporting could be joined by Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea or Atletico Madrid.

Porto were the last Portuguese side to lift the Champions League. Lead by Jose Mourinho, they beat Monaco 3-0 in the 2004 final shortly before the Special One left for Chelsea.

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