The battle for the Champions League trophy is already underway (Picture: Getty Images)The Champions League group stages are right around the corner as the long and winding qualification process nears its end for another season.
Celtic suffered the heartache of falling at the third qualifying round on Tuesday night, but there is still one more set of fixtures before the group stages finally get underway.
12 teams are still to compete in the play-off round over the next two weeks to determine the final six teams that will enter the groups at the end of August.
Here is what is coming up in the Champions League…
Real Madrid have won the last three Champions Leagues (Picture: Getty Images)When is the play-off round and what are the fixtures?
The first legs are played on either 21 or 22 August and the second legs on 28 or 29 August.
Champions League Play-off round fixtures
Red Star Belgrade vs Red Bull Salzburg
BATE Borisov vss PSV Eindhoven
Young Boys vs Dinamo Zagreb
MOL Vidi vs AEK Athens
Benfica vs PAOK
Ajax vs Dynamo Kyiv
Can Liverpool go one step further than runners-up this season? (Picture: Getty)When is the Champions League group stage draw?
The draw for the group stages will take place on Thursday, 30 August in Monaco.
What pots are each team in?
The only one confirmed is Pot One which includes the following teams: Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Lokomotiv Moscow.
Manchester United and Tottenham are going to be in Pot Two, but Liverpool are awaiting their fate as they may be Two or Three, depending on which teams qualify.
Confirmed for Pot Two are Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Roma, whilst in Pot Three are Schalke, Lyon, Monaco and CSKA Moscow.
In Pot Four are Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Inter Milan and Hoffenheim, whilst Valencia and Viktoria Plzen could be in three or four.
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