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With the international break out of the way, attentions will be turned back to domestic football until the next international interval in March.
Opposing players are united when it comes to international football but all national loyalties are forgotten when they step over the line for their contracted clubs. The Champions League is the pinnacle of a players domestic career and a competition that any fan in Europe will wish to see to see their club win. For many clubs, their fate in the competition has yet to be decided despite having just two fixtures left in the group stages.
The Champions League commences in under a weeks time from November 24th. As it stands just three clubs are assured a place in the next round of the competition; Real Madrid, Manchester City and Zenit Saint Petersburg. In addition, just two sides are mathematically unable to progress any further; Borussia Mönchengladbach and Maccabi Tel Aviv. This means that staggeringly, there are still 27 clubs with a chance of recording their place in the last 16 of the competition.
Group A sees the two European giants Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain battle it out for supremacy. Real Madrid have already secured their place in the knock-out rounds and PSG are just one win away from their place in the last 16. Zlatan Ibrahimovic travels to his native country Sweden to play bottom of the table Malmoe FF on November 25th in an important match for both sides. Having won the reverse fixture 2-0 and having already played Real Madrid twice, PSG should be confident of a place in the next stage of the competition.
Group B is the most finely poised group with just three points separating top to bottom. Manchester United currently occupy the top spot but are faced with difficult ties against PSV Eindhoven and Wolfsburg. United fans will be relived that their fixture next week is at home in a game neither side can afford to lose. Van Gaal and his men will be seeking revenge having lost the reverse fixture 2-1.
Benfica and Atletico Madrid are the front-runners in Group C and are both a win away from qualification. Benfica theoretically don’t need a win against Astana next week regarding Atletico can overcome Galatasaray, as a win for the Spanish side would mean that they nor Benfica can be caught.
After a sloppy start to the campaign, Manchester City fans will be relieved to have qualified from a tricky group in Group D. They responded excellently to an opening match defeat to Juventus with three successive wins. Next weeks tie won’t be an easy one for Pellegrini’s men though as they travel to Juventus knowing that they themselves are in need of a win to qualify.
It’s been a simple start to the Champions League for Barcelona, and have responded to their doubters well having been unbeaten so far in the competition in a potential banana skin of a group. The Spanish champions can confirm their qualification from Group E in the last 16 with a point at home to Roma.
Bayern Munich aside, Arsenal fans would have been licking their lips being drawn in a group with Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb but with just two games remaining, it seems as though a Europa League spot will be as good as it gets for Wenger’s men. They sit six points behind Bayern Munich and Olympiakos who occupy the top two.
Chelsea will be hoping that a decent Champions League campaign can amend for a shocking start to their quest to retain the Premier League title. Mourinho’s men sit in second in Group G and travel to Israel on Tuesday to play Maccabi Tel Aviv, a side with no points so far this campaign. With Porto playing third place Dynamo Kiev, the London club could be in the draw for the next round come Tuesday night.
Zenit Saint Petersburg have proven to be the surprise package of the Champions League so far and boast the only 100% record in the competition. The Russian champions managed by Andre Villas-Boas will be champions of Group H if they manage to avoid a loss against second-place Valencia.
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