2018/19 Champions League group stage as it stands – UEFA Champions League – News
We’re into the knockout stage of this season’s edition, but what would the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage look like if Europe’s major domestic leagues ended now?*
2018/19 group stage as it stands
ESP: Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Valencia
GER: Bayern München, Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen
ENG: Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool
ITA: Juventus, Napoli, Roma, Lazio
FRA: Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco
RUS: Lokomotiv Moskva, Spartak Moskva
UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk
BEL: Club Brugge
Spartak replacing Krasnodar in the Russian contingent means 17 of these 24 clubs took part in this season’s group stage.
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 previous season’s UEFA Europa League – previously assured of only a play-off place as a minimum – will also be guaranteed entry to the competition proper as of next term. The UEFA Champions League holders also qualify automatically. The full explanation of how these two automatic berths 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 Monday 5 March. Line-up for next season’s UEFA Champions League will be subject to final confirmation by UEFA in the summer.