Who is in the Champions League group stage?

UEFA.com looks at how this season's UEFA Champions League group stage is shaping up.

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

Six places in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage remain up for grabs for the winners of this month's play-offs, the draw for which will take place on Monday at 12:00CET.

But who will be waiting for those six victors, how did they qualify and who will be in the top pot? UEFA.com has the answers.

THIS SEASON'S CHANGES

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, Internazionale Milano
FRA: Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Lyon
RUS: Lokomotiv Moskva, CSKA Moskva
POR: Porto
UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk
BEL: Club Brugge
TUR: Galatasaray
CZE: Viktoria Plzeň

Who will be seeded in Pot 1?

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.

Pot 1: Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern München, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Lokomotiv Moskva

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 have already clinched a group stage slot via their league position, 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 the play-offs on 21/22 & 28/29 August.

Line-up for the UEFA Champions League group stage will be subject to final confirmation by UEFA.

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