The UCL is making its way back. All the teams that made it through to the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 season are set to make their case for the coveted honour. English power Chelsea is the defending champion. French side Paris Saint-Germain, Germany's Bayern Munich and 2021 finalists Manchester City are undoubtedly the favourites to lift the trophy.
For the first time since 1965; knockout rounds of UEFA competitions, including the Champions League will not use away goals as tiebreakers. UEFA abolished this rule in June 2021. The series will go straight to extra time and, if necessary, a penalty shootout; if the scores are level after the conclusion of both legs.
A total of 26 teams have qualified directly to the UEFA Champions League group stage. Only teams finishing in the top 4 in England, Spain, Germany and Italy are directly awarded the coveted spots.
There were six spots left up for grabs that were to be determined by the two-leg playoff series. Salzburg, Sheriff Tiraspol, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica, Malmö and Young Boys made it through.
|Teams||Country||How they qualified|
|Ajax||Netherlands||1st – Eredivisie|
|Atalanta||Italy||3rd – Serie A|
|Atletico Madrid||Spain||1st – La Liga|
|FC Barcelona||Spain||3rd La Liga|
|FC Bayern Munich||Germany||1st – Bundesliga|
|Besiktas||Turkey||1st – Super Lig|
|Borussia Dortmund||Germany||3rd – Bundesliga|
|Chelsea||England||4th – English Premier League|
|Club Brugge||Belgium||1st – Jupiler Pro League|
|Dynamo Kiev||Ukraine||1st – Ukraine Premier League|
|Inter Milan||Italy||1st – Serie A|
|Juventus||Italy||4th – Serie A|
|Lille||France||1st – Ligue 1|
|Liverpool||England||3rd – English Premier League|
|Manchester City||England||1st – English Premier League|
|Manchester United||England||2nd – English Premier League|
|AC Milan||Itlay||2nd – Serie A|
|Paris Saint-Germain||France||2nd – Ligue 1|
|Porto||Portugal||2nd – Liga Portugal|
|RB Leipzig||Germany||2nd – Bundesliga|
|Real Madrid||Spain||2nd – La Liga|
|Sevilla||Spain||4th – La Liga|
|Sporting CP||Portugal||1st – Liga Portugal|
|Villarreal||Spain||Europa League Champion|
|Wolfsburg||Germany||4th – Bundesliga|
|Zenit St. Petersburg||Russia||1st – Russian Premier League|