- Champions League knockout phase will see big teams pitched against eachother as all English sides have qualified for the last 16
- Dark Horses Dutch side Ajax also qualified as group winners after an impressive campaign in their group
- All qualified teams will eventually learn their last 16 fate on December 13, when the draw will be held
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.
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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)
- Inter Milan
- Liverpool (Group winners)
- Manchester United (Group winners)
- Manchester City (Group winners)
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Sporting Lisbon
- Real Madrid
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.
Carragher suggests Messi will cost PSG the UCL title
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has predicted Paris Saint-Germain could miss out on the Champions League title because of Lionel Messi.
Carragher made the claim after PSG were forced to settle for runners up place in Group A of the European competition following their 2-1 damaging defeat against Man City at Etihad Stadium.
The Liverpool icon went on to suggest the French giants stand no chance of winning the European elite competition.