Monday, 24 November 2014
Atletico Madrid, Chelsea & the teams who can qualify for the Champions League knockouts this week
Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Porto have already sealed their places in the Champions League knockout round, with a cluster of teams in with a chance of joining them this week.
Last season’s runners-up Atletico Madrid are in a good position to do just that. Victory over Olympiakos would guarantee their progress, while a draw would also be enough if Juventus were to lose against Malmo in Group A’s other game.
In Group B, Basel could progress if they record an unlikely victory over Real Madrid and there is not a winner in the match between Ludogorets and Liverpool.
Only a point is needed for Bayer Leverkusen against Monaco, while a victory would guarantee the Bundesliga club’s qualification as Group C winners. A defeat could still see them progress if Zenit were to draw with Benfica.
Arsenal also just require a draw in their match against Borussia Dortmund to seal a place in the last 16 from Group D. The Gunners could also go through with a loss if Anderlecht and Galatasaray were to draw in Belgium.
In Group E, Roma will go through if they defeat CSKA Moscow and Manchester City fail to win against Bayern Munich in the other game.
Chelsea travel to Schalke knowing that a win will see them through to the knockout rounds. A draw would also be enough for Jose Mourinho’s men if third-place Sporting fail to defeat Maribor.
Shakhtar Donetsk can move through to the last 16 if they pick up a draw against Athletic. Even a defeat is likely to see them through, with BATE beating Porto in the other game the only result that could stop them progressing in that scenario.