Diego Simeone’s men were provisionally in line for a place in the top seeded pot for this week’s draw for the group phase of UEFA’s premier competition.
This was based on coefficient ranking, which originally had the Madrid outfit placed as Europe’s eighth best team in the competition and just edging into the top seeded pot, before the Play-off round determined final final participants in the competition.
Arsene Wenger’s side guaranteed their place in the competition proper with a 5-0 aggregate win over Fenerbahce, however, and as they are above Atleti in the ranking they take a spot in pot one of the draw, pushing Los Colchoneros into pot two.
It means that Atleti can face a top seed in the group phase, able to be drawn this week against one from Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Porto, Benfica and Bayern Munich. They cannot be drawn against one of the other two seeded clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
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