UEFA Champions League 2017-18: Who has qualified?
Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 15/05/2017
While The 2016/17 UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus is a tie to look forward to on June 3, there are also concerns over which teams will join the already qualified teams and which big name will miss out on the continental showpiece.Across Europe, a number of teams have already booked their place in the 2017-18 tournament, while others are still slugging it out to qualify. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG, Chelsea and Tottenham among the teams to secure their place... but who will be joining them?In a list reeled out by Daily Mail, we take a look at who has made it to the Champions League next season in each of Europe's major leagues across the continent.ENGLANDChelsea were crowned Premier League champions after Friday night's 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion and the 2012 winners will return to the Champions League after a one-season absence.Tottenham Hotspur are also guaranteed second place after Sunday's 2-1 win over Manchester United and therefore will enjoy another season in Europe's elite club competition.Two places remain up for grabs and there are three sides who can qualify - Liverpool are in third at present with a four-point cushion to Arsenal in fifth position, while Manchester City in fourth are three points ahead.SPAINIt's already a known fact which four Spanish sides will participate in next season's Champions League. Barcelona and Real Madrid are still fighting it out for the title - they are locked together on 87 points, but Real retain a game in hand - but both will certainly be in next season's competition.Atletico Madrid, who were eliminated by local rivals Real in the semi-finals last week, are also in for another season, and those three will go straight into the group stage.Lining up in August's play-off round will be Sevilla, who are assured of a fourth-placed finish in La Liga but can more no higher.ITALYWe know that Italy's three representatives in next season's Champions League will be Juventus, Roma and Napoli. What we don't know is in which order they'll finish.Roma's 3-1 win over Juventus on Sunday night delayed the Turin side's coronation for a sixth successive season but, with a four-point lead and just two games to play, you imagine Massimiliano Allegri's team will still do it.Napoli have a very slim chance - they are five points behind Juve and one behind Roma. The top two will be straight into the draw for the Champions League group stage, while the team that finishes third will have to negotiate the play-off round.
GERMANYThe four clubs that will represent Germany in next season's Champions League have been determined, but we need to find out who'll be in the group stage and who'll have to go through the play-offs.Bayern Munich were crowned champions a few weeks ago, while RB Leipzig are assured of second place with just one round of matches left to play. However, Leipzig's qualification is in doubt - they are owned by Red Bull, who are also in charge of the Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg.UEFA rules state that clubs with strong links - such as the same owners - cannot be in European competition in the same season. The governing body needs to make a decision, but if they allow only one, it would be Salzburg as they finished higher in their league. The decision will be taken next month.If Leipzig are not allowed to compete, it would open the door for fifth-place Hertha Berlin, or even Freiburg or Cologne if they can catch them. Also in are Borussia Dortmund and, for the first time, Hoffenheim. Currently tied on 61 points, the final day will decide which goes straight into the group stage and which has to qualify.FRANCEFrance's three representatives in next season's Champions League will be Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Nice.The first two are still slugging it out for the title, with Monaco the strong favourites given their three-point lead and game in hand, and they and PSG will enter at the group phase. Nice, in the competition for the first time, will start in the play-offs.UNITED KINGDOM AND REPUBLIC OF IRELANDCeltic will be Scotland's sole representatives having won the Premiership by a country mile, though thanks to the country's sliding coefficient in the last decade, they have to start in the second qualifying round.The New Saints and Linfield start in the first qualifying round for Wales and Northern Ireland respectively. Dundalk will represent the League of Ireland and start in the second qualifying round in July.THE REST OF EUROPEOther clubs from across Europe who are assured of a group stage berth are Portuguese duo Benfica, the champions, and Porto.Dutch champions Feyenoord enter at this stage, as do Spartak Moscow (Russian champions), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) and Basle (Switzerland).We await the place for the champions of Turkey, with Istanbul Basaksehir and Besiktas fighting it out, and also Belgium, where Anderlecht and Club Bruges are going for glory. Also from Portugal, Sporting Lisbon will start their campaign in the play-off round.Coming in at the third qualifying round are Olympiacos (Greek champions), Viitorul Constanta (Romania), Dynamo Kiev (runners-up in Ukraine), Ajax (second in Holland), Young Boys Bern (second in Switzerland) and Steaua Bucharest (second in Romania), plus a clutch of others.