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Champions: 21 clubs have already qualified, including Sporting

Champions: 21 clubs have already qualified, including Sporting

Aston Villa guaranteed, this Tuesday, The result of Tottenham's defeat against Manchester Citydirect entry into the 2024/25 Champions League, bringing the number to 21 clubs who have already qualified for the next edition of the most important European club competition, in a season that will have a new format and 36 participating teams.

Aston Villa's qualification, confirmed in fourth place in the Premier League, follows the recent qualifications of Monaco, Bologna and Juventus, which secured access to the weekend.

Monaco has mathematically secured a top-three spot in Ligue 1 and has already finished second behind champions Paris Saint-Germain. In Italy, Bologna and Juventus both secured a place in the top five in Serie A. It must be remembered that Italy, as well as Germany, have obtained an additional place in the 2024/25 Champions League, because they are the two countries. With the best overall performance in European competitions in 2023/24.

Of the 25 direct qualifying places across the tournaments (excluding the two additional places, already guaranteed by Italy and Germany), 20 have already been allocated and five are now up for grabs: one in France (3rd place), and one in Spain (4th). fourth place), one in Belgium, one in Scotland, and one in Austria (in the case of the last three, the champion is not yet known).

The 21 clubs already qualified for the 2024/25 Champions League:

England (4 of 4): Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Aston Villa

Spain (3 of 4): Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Girona

Germany (5 out of 5):* Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund

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Italy (4 out of 5):* Inter Milan, Milan, Bologna, Juventus

France (2 of 3): Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco

Netherlands (2 of 2): Eindhoven, Feyenoord

Portugal (1 of 1): Sporting

Belgium (0 of 1):

Scotland (0 of 1):

Austria (0 of 1):

Who will qualify directly if the tournament ends today?

It is also important to mention, in this end-of-season race for Champions League qualifying places, that these are the remaining clubs who would qualify directly through the tournament, if it ended today: Atletico Madrid (Spain), Lille (France), Anderlecht (Belgium), Celtic. (Scotland), Sturm Graz (Austria), as well as Atalanta, for an additional place in Italy, where they currently sit in fifth place in the Italian League. In Germany, the top five have already been decided and it is Borussia Dortmund, the Champions League finalist in 2023/24 and currently ranked fifth (they will even finish there) that benefits from the extra position Germany has gained.

*Germany and Italy added an additional place to their top four in the tournament, having already ensured that they are the two countries with the best coefficient in the 2023/24 season.

Article updated at 10:24pm on 14/05/2024, with Aston Villa vacated