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I know what a group being open means in the later parts of a group draw, normally teams of the same country cannot play in the same group. But I find it very peculiar on the first pot, in other words the first teams to be placed to groups some groups are not "open" to a club. Does that have anything to do with the game schedule Tue/Wed and TV viewership? So that for instance Real Madrid and Barcelona do not play the same day? Or is it a completely different story?

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Hey Posdef, I don't have time to go through this humongous (105 page) UEFA .pdf at the moment, but likely information pertaining to your question is inside... : / –  Nicholas V. Aug 29 '13 at 18:13

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This is due to seeding - the top seeds all avoid each other in the first round, in a similar way to other sports such as Tennis.

Here is some more info on the UEFA Champions League

In your example, Real Madrid & Barcelona are both top seeds so cannot meet in the group stages.

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I think you might have misunderstood the question. I am asking of the case when the first teams to be placed into groups. Top 8 teams do not meet each other in the group stages, nothing crazy about that, but when a team cannot be placed into an "empty" group that's peculiar. –  posdef Apr 8 at 16:06

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