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Who is in the Champions League group stage?

The 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage line-up is now confirmed.

Liverpool are looking to go one better than last season
Liverpool are looking to go one better than last season ©Getty Images

The line-up for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage is now confirmed.


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

Benfica (POR) 80.000
Ajax (NED) 53.500
PSV Eindhoven (NED) 36.000 
Young Boys (SUI)20.500 
Crvena zvezda (SRB) 10.750 
AEK Athens (GRE) 10.000 

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. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.

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, Benfica, Napoli, Tottenham Hotspur, Roma

Pot 3: Liverpool, Schalke, Lyon, Monaco, Ajax, CSKA Moskva, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia

Pot 4: Viktoria Plzeň, Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Young Boys, Internazionale Milano, Hoffenheim, Crvena zvezda, AEK Athens

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 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 this season. 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 clinched a group stage slot via their league position, that automatic berth passed to the champions of the national association ranked 11th (Czech Republic).

The final six group stage berths were filled via the play-offs.

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.

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