2018/19 Champions League group stage as it stands

UEFA.com looks at how the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League is shaping up.

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

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
: Bayern München*, Schalke, HoffenheimBorussia 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
POR: Porto
UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk
BEL: Club Brugge
TUR: Galatasaray
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 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 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.