The confirmed eight teams dropping from the Champions League into the Europa League this season are Galatasaray, RC Lens, Braga, Benfica, Feyenoord, AC Milan, Young Boys, and Shakhtar Donetsk. These clubs secured third place in Europe’s premier competition, consequently entering the Europa League.
These teams will advance directly into the Europa League knockout round play-offs. The playoffs feature a setup where eight seeded teams (group runners-up) will face off against eight unseeded teams (third-place group finishers from the UCL).
The victors from these playoff fixtures will progress to the round of 16, where they will meet the eight group winners from the Europa League group stage.