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Next season’s group stage as it stands

1 May

Newcomers Leicester City are among a raft of sides having already sealed their spot, but who else is on course for a place in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage? This is how things are shaping up.*

Group stage – as it stands (confirmed sides in bold)
ESP: Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid
ENG: Leicester City, Tottenham, Manchester City
GER: Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen
ITA: Juventus, Napoli
POR: Benfica, Sporting CP
FRA: Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon
RUS: Rostov
UKR: Dynamo Kyiv
NED: Ajax
BEL: Anderlecht
SUI: Basel
TUR: Beşiktaş

Play-offs (league path) – as it stands
Villarreal (ESP), Arsenal (ENG), Mönchengladbach (GER), Roma (ITA), Porto (POR)

Sevilla qualified for this season’s group stage as 2014/15 UEFA Europa League winners

UEFA Champions League/UEFA Europa League holders
The 2015/16 UEFA Champions League winners are also assured of a place in next season’s group stage.

The 2015/16 UEFA Europa League winners will enter the UEFA Champions League play-offs unless the UEFA Champions League winners are already qualified for the 2016/17 group stage thanks to their domestic-league finishing position. If that happens, a group stage vacancy is created for the UEFA Europa League winners.

*Subject to final confirmation by UEFA.

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