The Champions enters its decisive phase. In the absence of a day, there are large ones that hang by a thread. Can you imagine a round of 16 without Barcelona? It is entirely possible. But Xavi is not the only one who will play half a season on December 7 and 8. Also, for example, Atlético, Leipzig or Atalanta. Another key issue is the first place. UEFA has eliminated the double value of goals in the opposite field, although receiving the encouragement of your public in the decisive duel to advance to the round is always a plus. This is how the Champions League is after the conclusion of the fifth round:
What teams are already classified?
Manchester City, PSG, Liverpool, Ajax, Sporting, Real Madrid, Inter, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus.
Which teams are already first in the group?
Manchester City, Liverpool, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
Which teams are already in the Europa League?
Borussia Dortmund, Sheriff and Zenit.
What teams no longer have any option to be in the round of 16?
Bruges, Leipzig, Dortmund, Besiktas, Sheriff, Shakhtar, Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys, Zenit and Malmoe.
What remains to be decided?
The third square between Leipzig and Bruges. It will be up to the Germans if they copy the result of the Belgians. Bruges will be in the Europa League if they win and Leipzig don’t. Or if it draws and Leipzig loses.
Manchester City 12, PSG 8, Leipzig 4, Bruges 4
The second and third places between Porto, Milan and Atlético. It is worth winning for Porto to be in the round of 16. If Atlético win, they must wait until Milan does not or, by winning both, recover their goal average. Right now, it is -2 to -3 in favor of the Italians.
Liverpool 15, Porto 5, Milan 4, Atlético 4
Any. It is the only group decided. Ajax is first; Sporting, second; Dortmund go to the Europa League and Besiktas are out.
Ajax 15, Sporting 9, Dortmund 6, Besiktas 0
The first place between Real Madrid and Inter. They face each other. The whites are worth the tie. If they are defeated, they will be second in the group.
Real Madrid 12, Inter 10, Sheriff 6, Shakhtar 1
The second place between Barcelona and Benfica. Xavi’s men will be in the round of 16 if they win or if they don’t and Benfica does not beat Dinamo Kiev.
Bayern 15, Barcelona 7, Benfica 5, Dinamo Kiev 1
The second place between Villarreal and Atalanta. Emery’s men are worth winning or drawing against the Italians. Also the Europa League place between Atalanta (6) and Young Boys (4). Those of Gasperini will find the consolation prize drawing or losing if the Swiss do not win.
Manchester United 10, Villarreal 7, Atalanta 6, Young Boys 4
Everything to be decided. All four teams can pass or stay out. In short, everyone depends on themselves. Winning gives them the pass and losing leaves them out. Not even Lille has any chance of falling through. But the draw is worth it, just like Salzburg. Sevilla and Wolfsburg will only be in the round of 16 if they win.
Lille 8, Salzburg 7, Seville 6, Wolfsburg 5
The first place between Chelsea and Juventus. At this moment, they are tied at 12, with the goal average favorable for those of Tuchel. Juve is only worth scoring more than the ‘blues’ on the last day.
Chelsea 12, Juventus 12, Zenit 4, Malmoe 1
Group stage tiebreaker criteria
1- Points in the matches between the tied teams.
2- Goal difference in matches between tied teams.
3- Greater number of goals in favor in the matches between the tied teams.
4- Best goal average in group matches.
5- Greater number of goals scored in group matches.
6- Greater number of goals scored away from home in group matches.
7- Greater number of victories in the group.
8- Greater number of victories as a visitor in the group.
9- Lower score of cards: the red ones count 3 points, the yellow ones 1 and the expulsion for double yellow 3 (not 1 + 1 + 3, but only 3).
10- Best UEFA coefficient.
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Champions League: classified, eliminated and accounts for the last day