The 2021/22 Champions League is slowly taking shape, with a number of big names already securing their tickets to the knockout stages, Euro Sport. 2013/14 finalists Atletico Madrid, however, are among the giants who are currently facing elimination as they find themselves in danger of slipping to the Europa League, going into the final round of group games.
As far as the last 16 is concerned, all English teams have gone through their groups, some with better records than others. Liverpool have been the most impressive of the English teams in the Champions League so far this season, with their 2-0 win over Porto on Wednesday, November 24 emphasizing their superiority as they have won all their games in Group B. Manchester City also advanced as group winners following their 2-1 comeback win over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
Manchester United, who are still in the hunt for an interim boss, broke down Villareal to ensure they progressed to the knockout stages, and they are also guaranteed of finishing as group winners.Chelsea’s win over Juventus on Tuesday also ensured they secured ticket to the last 16, but whether they will advance as group winners is yet to be seen. The following are the sides that have qualified for the last 16 before the group stage has been concluded:
Ajax (Group winners)
Bayern Munich (Group winners)
Liverpool (Group winners)
Manchester United (Group winners)
Manchester City (Group winners)
German giants Borussia Dortmund, against the odds, were plunged into the Europa League after a 3-1 defeat to Sporting Lisbon. They join teams Besiktas, Malmoe, Leipzig , Dynamo Kiev and Young Boys in the Europa League.Perhaps the most underrated but competitive group in the Champions League so far has been Group G, which has Lille (8pts), RB Salzburg(7pts), Sevilla (6pts) and German outfit Wolfsburg (5pts).
All these teams have somehow snatched points from each other and, going into the final group game, there are no guarantees for anyone as either one of these sides can proceed or get knocked out. The draw for the last 16 will take place in Nyon, Switzerland on December 13.