The 2019/20 Champions League group stage as it stands

If the domestic seasons ended today, who would be in the 2019/20 group stage? Find out here.

Milan are on course to return to the group stage
Milan are on course to return to the group stage ©Getty Images

Twenty-six teams will qualify automatically for the group stage of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League.

The following sides go directly to the group stage: UEFA Champions League holders; UEFA Europa League winners; the top four in the Spanish, English, Italian and German divisions; France and Russia's top two; domestic champions in Portugal, Ukraine, Belgium and Turkey.

The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League group stage as it stands*

Barcelona top Europe's top-ranked domestic league
Barcelona top Europe's top-ranked domestic league©AFP


ESP:
Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Getafe
ENG: Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal
ITA: Juventus, Napoli, Internazionale, AC Milan
GER: Bayern, Dortmund, Leipzig, Mönchengladbach
FRA: Paris Saint-Germain, LOSC Lille
RUS: Zenit, CSKA Moskva
POR: Benfica
UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk
BEL: Genk
TUR: İstanbul Başakşehir

The UEFA Champions League holders and UEFA Europa League winners, as well as six teams coming through qualifying, will also participate in the group stage.

Lyon are currently outside France's top two
Lyon are currently outside France's top two©AFP/Getty Images

• Of the sides still competing in the 2018/19 edition, Ajax and Manchester United are not in the frame for next season at the moment.

• Tussling for fourth in Spain, Getafe or Alavés would be in line to make their first appearance at any stage of the UEFA Champions League; neither have even featured in the qualifying rounds, and each total only two UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League campaigns. Alavés made the final in their European debut in 2000/01, Getafe were the most recent of either to feature in 2010/11.

• Turkish frontrunners İstanbul Başakşehir and Russian Premier League hopefuls Krasnodar could also be group stage debutants; Krasnodar were only founded in 2008 and have never even featured in qualifying for the competition, although they reached this season's UEFA Europa League round of 16.

• AC Milan would return to the group stage for the first time since 2013/14, when they lost to Atlético in the round of 16.

*Standings accurate up to and including Sunday 17 March

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