The 2017/18 Champions League group stage as it stands

With most of Europe's major leagues around the halfway point, asks who would be in next season's group stage if the season ended now? Two debutants, for a start.

Leipzig players celebrate
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What would the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage look like if Europe's major domestic leagues ended now? This is how things are shaping up.*

While ten group stage berths will be decided via qualifying in the summer – and the winners of this season's competition and the UEFA Europa League will also have an impact – there are 21 teams, as it stands, who would be assured of a UEFA Champions League place next term.

ESP: Real Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona
GER: Bayern München, RB Leipzig, Hertha Berlin
ENG: Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur
ITA: Juventus, Roma
POR: Benfica, Porto
FRA: Nice, Monaco
RUS: Spartak Moskva
UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk
BEL: Club Brugge
NED: Feyenoord
TUR: İstanbul Başakşehir
SUI: Basel

Mario Balotelli (Nice)
Mario Balotelli has been key to Nice's success this season©AFP/Getty Images

There are plenty of usual suspects in that list, as well as what would be competition debutants in Leipzig and İstanbul Başakşehir. Nice, meanwhile, would be making a first European Champion Clubs' Cup appearance since reaching the 1959/60 quarter-finals. For Hertha Berlin, it would be a second UEFA Champions League campaign some 18 years after the first.

As it stands, there would be ten teams who were not involved in this season's group stage: Chelsea, Feyenoord, Hertha, İstanbul Başakşehir, Leipzig, Liverpool, Nice, Roma, Shakhtar and Spartak.

*All based on provisional standings. Line-up for next season's UEFA Champions League will be subject to final confirmation by UEFA in the summer.