UEFA.com looks at how the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League is shaping up.
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With just days to go before this season's final, Inter have sealed the last automatic qualifying berth for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage, sealing their return for the first time since 2011/12. Who else is set to join them?
Automatic qualifiers for 2018/19 group stage
ESP: Barcelona*, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Valencia
GER: Bayern München*, Schalke, Hoffenheim, Borussia Dortmund
ENG: Manchester City*, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool
ITA: Juventus*, Napoli, Roma, Inter
FRA: Paris Saint-Germain*, Monaco, Lyon
RUS: Lokomotiv Moskva*, CSKA Moskva
UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk
BEL: Club Brugge
CZE: Viktoria Plzeň
*clinched Pot 1 slot
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 and Liverpool have already clinched a group stage slot via their respective league positions, that automatic berth passes to the champions of the national association ranked 11th (Czech Republic).
The six remaining berths will be decided via qualifying.
All based on provisional standings up to and including Sunday 20 May. Line-up for next season's UEFA Champions League will be subject to final confirmation by UEFA in the summer.