Who is in the Champions League group stage?

UEFA.com looks at how this season's UEFA Champions League group stage is shaping up.

Inter will return to the UEFA Champions League group stage this season
Inter will return to the UEFA Champions League group stage this season ©Getty Images

Twenty-six down, six to go: the line-up for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage is almost confirmed.

Over the next couple of weeks the play-offs will decide the identity of the last six teams. Check out who is in the running, who is there already and who will be in which pot.

THIS SEASON'S CHANGES

Automatic qualifiers (with coefficients)

Real Madrid (ESP) 162.000
Atlético Madrid (ESP) 140.000
Bayern München (GER) 135.000
Barcelona (ESP) 132.000
Juventus (ITA) 126.000
Paris (FRA) 109.000
Manchester City (ENG) 100.000
Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS) 22.500
Borussia Dortmund (GER) 89.000
Porto (POR) 86.000
Manchester United (ENG) 82.000
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 81.000
Napoli (ITA) 78.000
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 67.000
Roma (ITA) 64.000
Liverpool (ENG) 62.000
Schalke (GER) 62.000
Lyon (FRA) 59.500
Monaco (FRA) 57.000
CSKA Moskva (RUS) 45.000
Valencia (ESP) 36.000
Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) 33.000
Club Brugge (BEL) 29.500
Galatasaray (TUR) 29.500
Internazionale Milano (ITA) 16.000
Hoffenheim (GER) 14.285

Play-off winners (21/22 & 28/29 August)

Five great play-off goals
Five great play-off goals

Crvena zvezda (SRB) 10.750 / Salzburg (AUT) 55.500
BATE Borisov (BLR) 20.500 / PSV Eindhoven (NED) 36.000
Young Boys (SUI) 20.500 / Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 17.500
Vidi (HUN) 4.250 / AEK Athens (GRE) 10.000
Benfica (POR) 80.000 / PAOK (GRE) 29.500
Ajax (NED) 53.500 / Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 62.000

Who will be in which pot?

The champions of the top six associations according to the 2017 coefficients are in Pot 1 together with the holders of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Seedings for remaining teams are determined by current club coefficients.

Pot 1: Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern München, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Lokomotiv Moskva

Pot 2: Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk,
Napoli, Tottenham Hotspur, Roma, plus 1 more

Pot 3: Schalke, Lyon, Monaco, CSKA Moskva, plus 4 more

Pot 4: Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Internazionale Milano, Hoffenheim, plus 4 more

TBD: Liverpool, Valencia, Viktoria Plzeň, plus 6 more

How it works

Changes to the access list for 2018–21 were announced in August 2016, with the top four clubs from the four top-ranked national associations – certain to be Spain, Germany, England and Italy for next season – going straight into the group stage.

The winners of the UEFA Europa League – previously assured only of a play-off place as a minimum – would also have been guaranteed entry to the competition proper as of next term. However, since Atlético Madrid had already secured their group stage spot via their league position in Spain, that automatic berth passed to the third-placed team in the national association ranked fifth (France).

The UEFA Champions League holders would also have qualified automatically. However, because Real Madrid have already clinched a group stage slot via their league position, that automatic berth passes to the champions of the national association ranked 11th (Czech Republic).

The full explanation of how these two automatic places are filled if the UEFA Champions League and/or UEFA Europa League winners also qualify via their domestic route is available here.

The six remaining berths will be decided via the play-offs.

Line-up for the UEFA Champions League group stage will be subject to final confirmation by UEFA.

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