More teams join Celtic Champions League line-up after weekend football; all 26 auto qualifiers
Tottenham Hotspur and Marseille have joined Celtic in the Champions League group stage after the weekend’s football action.
Marseille, who have talents such as Arkadiusz Milik and Gerson in their ranks, pipped Monaco to second place in Ligue 1 yesterday after a 4-0 thumping of Strasbourg.
Meanwhile, Spurs got the final day result they needed to fend off the challenge of Arsenal and finish fourth in the English Premier League.
It means all 26 of the automatic qualifiers, including Celtic, are now known, with the remaining six to be determined by the qualifying process this summer. Of course, 32 teams in total make up the eight groups of four.
Celtic now know the majority of Champions League foes
The full list of automatic qualifiers is: Celtic, Eintracht Frankfurt, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Liverpool, Manchester City, Ajax, Inter Milan, Milan, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, RB Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli, Sporting CP, Bayer Leverkusen, Marseille, Club Brugge.
Two teams from the League qualifying path and four teams from the Champions qualifying path will complete the line-up.
Pot 1, at this point, is looking a little kinder than Pot 2. The latter will include three teams from England and three teams from Spain, plus German and Italian outfits.
Celtic, of course, will be in Pot 4, so it’s going to be a tough draw regardless. Even Pot 3 has big teams such as Borussia Dortmund and Napoli in it.
Ange Postecoglou will have his players up for the fight regardless. He’s already made that clear with his statements of intent following the Scottish Premiership title win.
It’s going to be an incredibly exciting draw, which takes place on August 25th.
That’s ahead of a six-game group stage, compressed into a shorter period due to the World Cup.