The first basket of the Champions League in the 2021/22 season will include the defending champion (Chelsea), the Europa League champion (Villarreal), and the champions of the six major European leagues-England (Man City), Spain (Atletico Madrid), Germany (Bayern Munich), France (Lille OSC), Italy (Inter Milan) and Portugal (Sporting Lisbon).
Numerous unexpected results make the second basket, which has been determined by UEFA club rankings, seem to be stronger. We already know that it will include companies such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Manchester United, Sevilla and Dortmund.
The third basket will definitely include Porto, Ajax Amsterdam, Atlanta Bergamo, RB Leipzig and Zenit St. Petersburg. They can also count on RB Salzburg, Benfica Lisboa or Shakhtar Donetsk if they are promoted from the knockout rounds.
Therefore, there are three teams that have occupied a certain position in the group stage, but their baskets depend on the results of the summer qualifiers. AC Milan, Club Brugge and Wolfsburg rely on the stumbling blocks of higher-ranked teams. Obviously, if they qualify for the most prestigious competition in Europe, the Polish champions Warsaw Army will also enter the last fourth basket.
First gear: Chelsea, Villarreal, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Lille, Sporting Lisbon.
Basket 2: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Juventus Turin, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Liverpool, Sevilla, Dortmund.
Basket 3: Porto, Ajax Amsterdam, Atlanta Bergamo, RB Leipzig, Zenit Saint Petersburg, RB Salzburg*, Benfica Lisbon*, Shakhtar Donetsk*.
Tier 4: AC Milan, Club Bruges, Wolfsburg + 5 qualifier teams.
*-The teams participating in the qualifying rounds