Barcelona are on the brink of Europe’s precipice and are relying on miracles to avoid sinking out of the Champions League group stage for the second year in a row.
Azulgranas must beat Bayern Munich at home — already sorted by their key — and Inter Milan won’t beat Viktoria Pluzun at San Siro.
“We are fine, we have to believe, the team is enthusiastic and enthusiastic,” said Barça coach Xavi Hernández after their 4-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league. “It feels great.”RELATED
For the Catalan side, their second straight win in the domestic tournament came after a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Classics and a 3-3 draw at home to Inter, as they were on the brink of elimination in Europe.
Five teams have secured their place in the Round of 16, heading into the penultimate day of the group stage. Real Madrid, Bayern, Manchester City, Napoli and Brugge have already qualified for his round of knockouts.
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Madrid have already secured qualification with two games remaining, while the other Spanish teams (Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla) could be eliminated.
Barcelona and Sevilla are in the most complicated situation. Atlético, who host Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, need two wins in Group B to advance. Yes, first game of the day.
Chelsea on the rise
Chelsea’s back-to-back victories against AC Milan lifted them from bottom to top of Group E. The two-time tournament champion still has to row to qualify. His four teams in the sector are just three points apart when Chelsea face Escort Salzburg on Tuesday and Milan face Dinamo his Zagreb. The loser in Croatia will probably be eliminated. In case of a tie, the winner of Salzburg and Chelsea advances. Salzburg wants a pass for his second year in a row. Chelsea have not failed to reach the Round of 16 since his 2012-13 season.
Even if Chelsea lose in Austria, they will get another chance to advance when the Croats visit Stamford Bridge on the final day.
Of the other British teams, Tottenham are in another tight Group D and will be promoted if they beat Sporting at home on Wednesday, but Liverpool will need a win at Ajax on Wednesday to face Napoli in Group A. You only need to score 1 point.
Lionel Messi remains undefeated this season and is looking to keep the momentum going at Paris Saint-Germain, who will secure a spot in the knockout round at home against bottom-placed Maccabi Haifa in Group H on Tuesday. If they can’t beat Benfica, a draw at the Parc des Princes would be enough. Messi shines again with Neymar, just like he did in Barcelona. The connection between Messi and Kylian Mbappe has also improved. The Argentinian assisted the Frenchman on two goals in Friday’s Ligue 1 match, with Mbappe courtesy of Messi’s goal.
On the other hand, Olympique de Marseille suffered three consecutive losses and was eliminated in the regional competition. Europe remains his escape route for the 1993 champion Eintracht on Wednesday if he wins away to Frankfurt as the Frenchman completes his third straight win in Group D and a final visit to Tottenham will see him It increases your chances of finishing in 1st place.
Bayern will not miss Lewandowski
Cameroonian striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting helped Bayern forget about Robert Lewandowski ahead of Wednesday’s Group C clash in Barcelona. with his good steps.
There was some suspicion that Bayern would miss out on pole position by being in this area. Coming into the Bundesliga without a win for four games in a row reinforced that feeling. But since the rise of Choupo-Moting, who scored four goals in three starts, those concerns have been left behind. Choupo-Moting paired well with Serge Gnabry and scored again in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Hoffenheim.
Early exit from Juventus?
Juventus face the possibility of being eliminated from the Champions League in the group round for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Aside from Tuesday’s win over Benfica in Group H, the result would be a premature farewell to Juventus as they trail the Portuguese team and his PSG by five points.
Even with a win, Juventus would be obliged to beat PSG on the final day. PSG and Benfica are both undefeated in tournaments.
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