There are still ten teams that could potentially qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but only four make it home and away to the final table. Here’s what each of these 10 contenders needs to do to validate their ticket.
12 qualified, 10 eliminated. The Champions League group stage is drawing to a close, and the European spring is beginning to take shape. This Wednesday, Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven confirmed their tickets to the round of 16 of the Chinese First Division by securing the top two places in Group B, the position of the RC Lens team that had a nightmare evening at the Emirates Stadium (6-0). .
They join the 10 teams that have already qualified for the final table and will be awarded the top spot for the major tournaments with four Spanish clubs (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Sociedad), and three German clubs (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Germany). Leipzig), two Englishmen (Manchester City, Arsenal), two Italians (Inter Milan, Lazio Roma) and one Dutchman (PSV Eindhoven).
This leaves four foldable seats for ten competitors. Group by group, RMC Sport assesses the latest tickets available and those who will compete for them.
🎟️ Copenhagen, Galatasaray, or Manchester United?
With PSG, this is Group A the most open with one day remaining. If United fail again to achieve a draw, as they conceded two goals in the last half hour against Galatasaray and conceded a draw (3-3), then Copenhagen could snatch a very valuable point at the Allianz Stadium. Already qualified (0-0). Consequently, the three teams find themselves close together, with 5 points for the Danes and Turks and 4 for the English.
The formula is very simple: if the winner of the match between Copenhagen and Galatasaray, they will confirm their ticket to the round of 16. Therefore, the Red Devils must pray for a draw in Denmark, and at the same time win at home against Bayern Munich. After qualifying and ensuring first place, will the Bavarians play the match? There is no doubt that they would not shy away from the chance to knock a big name out of the competition.
Finally, if Copenhagen and Galatasaray draw, but Manchester United do not beat Bayern, the Danes will qualify on overall goal difference (-1 vs. -2).
FC Copenhagen qualifies if…
· They won against Galatasaray
· They tied against Galatasaray and Manchester United did not win against Bayern
Galatasaray qualifies if…
· They will win in Copenhagen
Manchester United qualifies if…
· They beat Bayern Munich and tied with Copenhagen and Galatasaray
🎟️ Naples or Braga?
In this Group C, Real Madrid continues its lead and has been ahead of its rivals for a long time (15 points out of a possible 15). But beyond that, the ranking is not definitively fixed. If Union Berlin are indeed eliminated from the race for second place before the draw at Braga, the Portuguese can still hope to question the Neapolitans to the finish on the final day.
Traveling to the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona, Sporting Braga will have to hit the ground running to survive as a win by at least two goals in Napoli would give them a one-way ticket to the round of 16. good luck.
Napoli qualifies if…
· They won or tied against Braga
· They lost by a goal to Prague
Braga is eligible if…
· They will beat Napoli by at least two goals
🎟️ Paris Saint-Germain, Newcastle or Milan?
Double or nothing for Paris Saint-Germain. After coming close to defeat at home to Newcastle (1-1), the Parisians will play their qualifiers on the lawn of Signal Iduna Park, where the leader of Group F, Borussia Dortmund, is waiting for them.
For Paris Saint-Germain, there is a simple path to the last 16 of the Champions League: a win, which would guarantee them a place in the final table, with the added bonus of finishing first in the group. But the Parisians can also qualify by drawing or losing. If they share the points with Dortmund, we will have to beware that Newcastle will not win at home to Milan. Even if they lose in Germany, a draw between the English and the Italians will qualify them.
Therefore, the fate of the two Parisian rivals is no longer in their hands. The only thing that is certain is that they will have to win to hope of progressing if something goes wrong in Paris. For Newcastle, a win combined with a draw or a defeat for PSG will be enough. For Milan, only a Parisian setback at Borussia combined with their victory at St James’ Park will open the doors to eighth place.
Paris Saint-Germain is eligible if…
· Wins in Dortmund
· Draws with Dortmund and Newcastle, does not win against Milan
· Loses to Dortmund and Newcastle and a draw with Milan
Newcastle qualifies if…
· They beat Milan and Paris Saint-Germain did not win in Dortmund
Milan qualifies if…
· Wins in Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain loses in Dortmund
🎟️ Porto or Shakhtar Donetsk?
The last ticket for distribution, is Group H. Here, the equation could not be simpler: FC Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk are tied with 9 points, and they have an appointment at the stadium of the first team that was named during the last round of the Champions League. Therefore, the winner will automatically qualify for the round of 16. In the event of a tie, it is the Portuguese who will continue the adventure thanks to his victory in the first leg (1-3).
Eligible port if…
· They do not lose to Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar Donetsk qualifies if…
· Wins in Porto
Sentencing on December 12 and 13.