Even the Champions League returns this week with all the fittings of the group stage, but what do Liverpool and Tottenham need to progress into the knockout phase?
Manchester City and Manchester United secured their positions at the last 16 with a match to save however Jurgen Klopp’s and Mauricio Pochettino’s sides still have work to do on the final matchday if they are interested in being on the hat for the draw on December 17.
Here’s the total picture, as well as what Liverpool and Tottenham have to do to keep their Champions League hopes alive…
As it stands overall
Through to around 16: Ajax, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona*, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Porto*, Real Madrid*, Roma, Schalke
*supported group winners
Can still reach round of 16: Inter, Liverpool, Lyon, Napoli, PSG, Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham
Will move to Europa League round of 32: Benfica, Club Brugge, Valencia
Can nevertheless end third: CSKA Moscow, Red Star Belgrade, Galatasaray, Hoffenheim, Lokomotiv Moscow, Viktoria Plzen
Will end fourth: AEK Athens, Monaco, PSV Eindhoven, Young Boys
Everything Tottenham want
Barcelona are as Group B winners however they can be still joined by both Inter and Tottenham Milan in the previous 16. Dutch club PSV Eindhoven are sure to complete bottom.
Spurs are now moment on head-to-head \goals, so will advance if they triumph at the Nou Camp or game the outcome at home of Inter to PSV.
If they pick up more things than Spurs, inter will finish next\.
What Liverpool need
Possible outcomes’ most complex implies Group C leaders Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain that is second-placed and Liverpool \can all qualify\. Red Star Belgrade are underside of the table, but might yet make it through the last 32 of the Europa League.
Host needs to win to have any chance of going through and Napoli – success by more than 1 goal will guarantee eligibility\.
If PSG conquer Red Star off, Klopp’s guys will need a 1-0 victory or victory by two goals or more to finish second but additional win margins will not be adequate\.
In the event the game in Belgrade is a draw, Liverpool will advance with any triumph as it would leave them, PSG and Napoli all on nine things – with the English club ending first on the.
Red Star will occur third place if they acquire and Liverpool shed.
Other people to watch
Atletico Madrid will secure top spot in Group A should they conquer Club Brugge or even Borussia Dortmund Don’t Succeed at Thierry Henry’s Monaco. The Germans win and the Spaniards drop in Belgium, then Dortmund would advance as group winners by virtue of their superior target difference.
Bayern Munich can secure first place in Group E with a draw out to Ajax, who will themselves finish top with victory in Amsterdam.
Manchester City will seal top place in Group F with a draw at home to Hoffenheim – or should Lyon do not win away at Shakhtar. Since they hold a record over the Premier League winners lyon can take first place at the team with success and when City shed\.
Juventus currently top Group H – two points ahead of Manchester United – and can be sure first place if they conquer Young Boys at Switzerland.
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