Third in the league, Benfica qualified for the third qualifying round of the Champions League. This means that to reach the group stage of the Millionaires’ Competition, Luz’s team will have to go through two rounds, similar to what they did last season.
And with most of the European Championships already resolved, the path the Eagles will have to take is starting to take shape. For now, what Benfica know is that they will enter the draw as the top seed and have two opponents who might be lucky: Sturm Graz (Austria) and Union St. Gilloise (Belgium) .
As things stand, the Reds will avoid Dynamo Kyiv (who are due to play in the second qualifying round) and Rangers (who can go straight to the group stage if they win the Europa League). But there could be a reunion between Roger Schmidt and PSV.
The Eindhoven emblem took second place in the Dutch championship and also enters the third qualifying round. However, the Dutch seeding status depends on the third place in the French championship (it could be Marseille, who currently hold the position, or Monaco, who are ahead), the situation of Rangers or the vice-champion of Denmark ( at the moment Midtjylland is following behind Copenhagen).
See the table with the current situation:
Heads of series:
Benfica (coefficient 61,000)
Dynamo Kyiv (44,000) – or Winner of the second qualifying round game the Ukrainians will play
PSV Eindhoven (33,000)
Marseille (44,000) / Monaco (26,000) – Third in Ligue 1
Midtjylland (19,000)/Copenhagen (40,500) – Second qualifying round winner with Danish runners-up
Storm Graz (7,770)
Union Saint-Gilloise (6.120).