Liverpool can validate their ticket to the Champions League round of 16 if they defeat Atlético de Madrid on Wednesday, on the fourth date, a situation comparable to that of Ajax Amsterdam, who visit Borussia Dortmund wanting to revenge after the win in the first leg (4-0).
– Group A: City and PSG one step away –
(20h00 GMT) Manchester City – Brujas
(20h00 GMT) RB Leipzig – Paris SG
Group A was presented as one of the most exciting of the eight at the time of the draw. But today the suspense is minimal regarding the names of the two qualified for the round of 16.
Although they have no mathematical options to seal their ticket at the end of the fourth date, Manchester City (2nd, 6 points) and Paris SG (1st, 7 points) can take a big step towards that goal.
Pep Guardiola’s pupils face as big favorites their match against Bruges (3rd, 4 points), an opponent they already swept in the first leg (5-1) in Flanders.
For PSG, the trip to Leipzig (4th, 0 points) brings out the bad memory of the defeat suffered in November 2020 (2-1). But unlike last season, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé will be in the game.
Not so the Argentine star Lionel Messi, comes down due to a discomfort in the hamstrings of the left leg and a pain in the knee.
– Group B: Qualifying ball for Liverpool –
(17h45 GMT) AC Milan – FC Porto
(20h00 GMT) Liverpool – Atlético
Liverpool, which is experiencing an excellent start to the season, has in hand to seal its pass to the second round of the Champions League two dates from the end of the first phase.
For this the ‘Reds’ (1st, 9 points) need a victory against Atlético de Madrid (2nd, 4 points), an opponent they defeated 3-2 in the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The ‘Colchoneros’ are coming off a great game in LaLiga (3-0 victory against Betis) but they will have an eye on what Porto does (3rd, 4 points), the team called to dispute the other ticket to the second round.
The Portuguese are preparing for a difficult trip to San Siro against Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s AC Milan (4th, 0 points), who have won all their home games this season … except for the only one in the Champions League, against Atlético (2- 1).
– Group C: rematch in Dortmund –
(20h00 GMT) Borussia Dortmund – Ajax Ámsterdam
(20h00 GMT) Sporting CP – Besiktas
With an average of more than three goals per game, Ajax Amsterdam happens to be one of the most spectacular teams on the European continent. Borussia Dortmund could attest to this; (4-0) in the Netherlands.
The Germans (2nd, 6 points) have been conjured for a rematch against the leader of the key (9 points), but their Norwegian star Erling Haaland will not play due to a hip injury.
In his absence, Ajax Ivorian international Sébastien Haller, the competition’s top scorer with six goals, will try to steal the offensive role for himself.
A victory, coupled with another victory for Besiktas (4th, 0 points) in Lisbon against Sporting Portugal (3rd, 3 points), would send the historic Dutch club, four times champions of the competition, to the last 16.
– Group D: Towards a change in the hierarchy? –
(17h45 GMT) Real Madrid – Shakhtar Donetsk
(20h00 GMT) Sheriff Tiraspol – Inter Milán
Surprising leader of Group D in the middle of the group stage, Sheriff Tiraspol (6 points) is already feeling the encouragement of two ogres such as Real Madrid (2nd, 6 points) and Inter Milan (3rd, 4 points).
The Italians, who are aiming to qualify for the last 16 for the first time since the 2011-2012 season, have the opportunity to overtake the club based in a pro-Russian separatist enclave in Moldova, Transnistria, where they will attend on Wednesday.
After winning at home (3-1), the Nerazzurri can turn the hierarchy of the group … although it could be Real that benefits.
The Madrilenians face in a position of strength their duel against Shakhtar (4th, 1 point), which they crushed in Ukraine (5-0). French striker Karim Benzema will arrive fresh after having had a break on Saturday in Elche (2-1).
But the Ukrainians already know how to storm the White House: last season they won 3-2 in the group stage.