Champions League, Poker to the Eighth Possible

Champions League inflates the Aek Gate. Getty

Champions League inflates the Aek Gate. Getty

After four rounds, only one team – Barcelona – has already broken the first-round scratch card. We have evaluated the situation in eight groups. Four Italians are in full order to qualify: en plein would be the first since the 2002/03 season.

Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid lead the group in the same places (9) to +5 of Brugg: hard to think of a huge turnover. The arithmetic security of the lap is missing, but the Germans and Spaniards are likely to play first: Dortmund ahead of the goal difference in the direct kicks (4-0 victory of Gialloneri in the first leg, 2-0 to Atletico on the return).

Another turn: Atletico Madrid-Monaco, Borussia Dortmund-Bruges.

Ranking: Borussia Dortmund 9, Atletico Madrid 9, Bruges 4, Monaco 1.

The only team has already qualified for the eliminated Barcelona Valverde stages. Inter and Tottenham play on the turn: November 28 plans for the Wembley clash. Nerazzurri need only a draw to make sure they qualify. They were all postponed until the last day when the Londoners beat Inter: the program includes Inter-Psv and Barcelona-Tottenham. With the Dutch hoping for at least one Europa League.

Another turn: Tottenham-Inter, PSV-Barcelona.

Ranking: Barcelona 10, Inter 7, Tottenham 4, Ps. 1.

The most balanced and exciting group of the event. Liverpool and Naples led the group to 6 points, Psg (5) and the surprise of Stella Ross (4). Another victory over the Ancelotti team: Azzurri are mathematically in the second round when victory in San Paolo against the red star and non-victory of the PSG home against Liverpool.

Another turn: Naples-Red Star, Psg-Liverpool.

Ranking: Liverpool 6, Naples 6, Psg 5, Red Star 4.

Porto and Schalke 04 respectively. 10 and 8 points are one step away from qualification in Group D: Direct clashes in the next round in Portugal can set hierarchies. Galatasaray, who stopped at four points, brings the last chance to qualify. The last place and zero points for Lokomotiv Moscow, mathematically still running to a place in the Europa League: a direct clash at home against the Turks on the next day could reopen everything.

Another turn: Lokomotiv Moskva-Galatasaray, Porto-Schalke 04.

Ranking: Port 10, Schalke 04 8, Galatasaray 4, Lokomotiv Moscow 0.

The same situation as Group D: Bayern Munich leads a group followed by Ajax, Benfica and Aek. In the next round Ajax will want in Athens and Benfica in Monaco: The Germans and the Dutch could play first in the match scheduled for the last day in Amsterdam.

Another turn: Aek-Ajax, Bayern Munich-Benfica.

Ranking: Bayern Munich 10, Ajax 8, Benfica 4, AEK 0.

Manchester City and Lyon lead the group and will face the next round in France: the first place is played but not only. Hoffenheim lurks: The Germans are ready to take advantage of the possible victory of the Guardiola team to join Lyon. But also the eye on Shakthar, still running in place in the knockout stages.

Another turn: Lyon-Manchester City, Hoffenheim-Shakthar.

Ranking: Manchester City 9, Lyon 6, Hoffenheim 3, Shakhtar 2.

Real Madrid and the Roma are not yet mathematical in the second round, but they play the first place in the Olimpico competition scheduled for the next round. CSKA, the third with four points, has to accumulate 6 points (hoping to reach Madrid last day) and hoping that one of the Roma and Real will have zero points in two games: difficult but never in football. It is more plausible to consider the race in third place with Viktoria Plzeň (1 point): in this sense, we will look at the direct confrontation in Russia.

Another turn: Cska Moscow-Viktoria Pilsen, Rome-Real Madrid.

Ranking: Real Madrid 9, Rome 9, Cska Moscow 4, Viktoria Plzen 1.

Juventus defeated partially without pain against Manchester United: Bianconeri led the group with 9 points, +2 from Red Devils. Mourinho must be cautious about Valencia: the next round is good for United, but on the last day of the planned battle against Spain. The defeat yesterday in Valencia led young boys to -4 from third place: the Europa League is still possible but serves a miracle.

Another turn: Juventus-Valencia, Manchester United-Young Boys.

Ranking: Juventus 9, Manchester United 7, Valencia 5, Young Boys 1.


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