UEFA admits the Champions League and the Europa League cancellation06 April 2020 / Rui Sousa
UEFA admits to cancel both tournaments if it is not possible to finish until August 3.
Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain are the only three teams that have their presence assured in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, although that could change as of Tuesday when the fifth matchday of the group stage begins. Up to 13 more teams could go through to the round of 16, and from here we review the situation in all groups.
There are five teams that can get their ticket on Tuesday, starting with a Group A where Real Madrid (7pts) will seek to join PSG (12) precisely by facing the Parisian team in the Spanish capital. The white team will be qualified if they achieve a win or if Brugge (2) does not beat a Galatasaray (1) already eliminated, while the Belgians must get all three points and expect Madrid to lose some against the group leader to maintain their options alive. Meanwhile, in Group B it is Tottenham (7) who can join Bayern (12) in the next round as long as they achieve a victory against the evicted Olympiakos (1) in London, in a match that will mark the return of José Mourinho to the Champions League. A draw would also be enough for the English team in case Red Star (3) fails to beat Bayern in the remaining group match.
In Group C there are still no qualified teams, although Manchester City (10) will achieve it if they avoid defeat against Shakhtar (5) or if Dynamo Zagreb (5) does not beat Atalanta (1), while Ukrainians could also go through if they win at City and if the Croats lose to Atalanta. The peculiarity in this group is that all teams have options to be in the round of 16, the same situation as in Group D, where Juventus (10) has already secured their pass and now they must receive Atlético de Madrid (7) in Turin looking to seal the first place. The Spaniards could qualify if they win in Italy or if the two matches of the group end up tied, so Lokomotiv Moscow (3) and Bayer Leverkusen (3) must get a win at all costs and expect a stumble from the Madrid team.
Group D has Liverpool (9), current champion of the tournament, and Napoli (8) near to seal their qualification, although both teams will face each other at Anfield. Whoever wins will be in the next round, although both could achieve their goal if Salzburg (4) does not beat a Genk (1) side already eliminated. Meanwhile, in the very entertaining Group F, is Barcelona (8) who is looking to qualify and will get it if they defeat Dortmund (7) in one of the most attractive matches of the day. The Catalans will also get the pass if both games of the group end in a draw or if Slavia (2) beats Inter (4), although the victory of the German team would also send them to the next phase of the tournament. Both Italians and Czechs cannot afford a defeat if they want to continue dreaming of advancing in the competition.
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Group G has Leipzig (9) as the leader, and the Germans will qualify if they avoid defeat against Benfica (3) or if Zenit (4) does not beat Lyon (7), while the latter team will also manage to pass In case of beating the Russians. Finally, Group H has a triple draw in the lead that will be inexorably broken this Wednesday. Chelsea and Valencia will face each other in Spain looking for a win that gives them the qualification, while whatever happens Ajax will have to wait until the last matchday to know their fate, since in case of a draw to points in the final standings, individual results favor the other two teams.
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