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Champions League results up to the fifth week of the season

The Champions League season is about to come to an end on December 8 and 9. In this article, we’ll be taking a look back at all the action so far in the build-up to the final day of the competition. If you haven’t been following the Champions League, or even if you’ve been following it for a while, this article is for you.

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First things first: what we’ll be looking back on

Before explaining each group, we will first check what we are going to look back on.

Here’s what we’ll be looking back at

  • The standings up to the 5th round
  • The schedule for the final week
  • A few words of commentary

Let’s start with Group A.

Group A: As expected, two strong and two weak

Standings until the 5th round

Rank Club Win Points Win Draw Lose Goal Score
1st Manchester City 12 4 0 1 9
2nd Paris Saint-Germain 8 2 2 1 2
3rd Leipzig 4 1 1 3 0
4th Club Brugge 4 1 1 3 -11

Schedule of the last round

Schedule Combination
December 8 Leipzig vs Manchester City
Paris Saint-Germain vs Club Brugge

Commentary

It’s been a long time coming, but Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have lived up to their reputation as two of the best football clubs in the world. Both of these teams have been confirmed as winners, and the order of first and second place has been decided. The only thing that remains to be seen heading into the final day of the competition is whether Leipzig or Club Brugge will go through to the Europa League.

Group B: A dominant Liverpool side confirm their place at the top

Standings until the 5th round

Rank Club Win Points Win Draw Lose Goal Score
1st Liverpool 15 5 0 0 10
2nd Porto 5 1 2 2 -5
3rd Atletico Madrid 4 1 1 3 -3
4th Milan 4 1 1 3 -2

Schedule of the last round

Schedule Combination
December 8 Porto vs Atletico Madrid
Milan vs Liverpool

Commentary

Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Milan are the biggest clubs in Europe, and in a deadly Group B, Liverpool are the favourites by far. The biggest story of the final week of the season will be the battle for a place in the knockout rounds. One step ahead of them is second-placed Porto. Milan, in fourth place, will also be eliminated with a win over Liverpool, depending on the outcome of the other game.

Group C: Dortmund will be eliminated from the competition.

Standings until the 5th round

Rank Club Win Points Win Draw Lose Goal Score
1st Ajax 15 5 0 0 13
2nd Sporting 9 3 0 2 4
3rd Dortmund 6 2 0 3 -6
4th Beşiktaş 0 0 0 5 -11

Schedule of the last round

Schedule Combination
December 8 Ajax vs Sporting
Dortmund vs Beşiktaş

Commentary

It’s been a bumpy ride for Dortmund, who were thought to have the best chance of reaching the knockout rounds. If Sporting lose in the last 16 and Dortmund win, they will be level on points, but Dortmund can’t get the better of Sporting because of the way the teams play and the goals scored, so Dortmund will have to go to the Europa League.

Group D: The two biggest teams will go through

Standings until the 5th round

Rank Club Win Points Win Draw Lose Goal Score
1st Real Madrid 12 4 0 1 9
2nd Inter 10 3 1 1 5
3rd Sheriff 6 2 0 3 -4
4th Shakhtar Donetsk 1 0 1 4 -10

Schedule of the last round

Schedule Combination
December 8 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Sheriff
Real Madrid vs Inter

Commentary

Real Madrid and Inter Milan, two of the favourites to go through to the group stages of the competition, are through at the end of the fifth round. All eyes will be on Real Madrid and Inter Milan to see who will finish first in the group stage, as both teams will be looking for the top spot to give them an advantage in the knockout rounds.

Group E: Can struggling Barcelona make it through?

Standings until the 5th round

Rank Club Win Points Win Draw Lose Goal Score
1st Bayern Munich 15 5 0 0 16
2nd Barcelona 7 2 1 2 -4
3rd Benfica 5 1 2 2 -4
4th Dinamo Kiev 1 0 1 4 -8

Schedule of the last round

Schedule Combination
December 9 Bayern vs Barcelona
Benfica vs Dynamo Kiev

Commentary

Bayern and Barcelona were considered to be the two best sides in Group E, but so far, it’s been a tale of two halves. The Bavarians have won five of their last five games and are firmly on top of the group, while Barcelona have struggled with two wins, one draw and two losses. Barcelona, on the other hand, are struggling with a 2-1-2 record, and although they are second in the group, they will have to wait until the last game of the season to get through. Their opponents for the final game of the season are top of the table Bayern. If Benfica win, Barcelona will be eliminated from the group with a draw or less.

Group F: Manchester United, who are struggling domestically, will make it through.

Standings until the 5th round

Rank Club Win Points Win Draw Lose Goal Score
1st Manchester United 10 3 1 1 3
2nd Villarreal 7 2 1 2 2
3rd Atalanta 6 1 3 1 0
4th Young Boys 4 1 1 3 -5

Schedule of the last round

Schedule Combination
December 9 Atalanta vs Villarreal
Manchester United vs Young Boys

Commentary

After struggling in the Premier League and finally sacking their manager, Manchester United are still going strong in the Champions League, sitting top of the table with 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. A draw or better in the last 16 would see them go through. Despite the Young Boys’ elimination, Villarreal and Atalanta are still in with a chance of making it through, so it’s a group we’ll be keeping an eye on until the end of the campaign.

Group G: All teams still in with a chance of top spot

Standings until the 5th round

Rank Club Win Points Win Draw Lose Goal Score
1st Lille 8 2 2 1 1
2nd Salzburg 7 2 1 2 1
3rd Sevilla 6 1 3 1 1
4th Wolfsburg 5 1 2 2 -3

Schedule of the last round

Schedule Combination
December 9 Wolfsburg vs Lille
Salzburg vs Sevilla

Commentary

With no so-called big clubs in Group G, and only three points separating the top and bottom of the table, it’s a shambles for all the teams still in with a chance of getting through. Lille are currently top of the table, but a defeat in the last game of the season and a win for Sevilla would see them drop to third place. If Sevilla win, they will drop to third place and will be eliminated from the group stage. With every team still in with a chance of making it through, Group G will be one to watch right up until the final whistle.

Group H: Two strong clubs make it through

Standings until the 5th round

Rank Club Win Points Win Draw Lose Goal Score
1st Chelsea 12 4 0 1 9
2nd Juventus 12 4 0 1 3
3rd Zenit 4 1 1 3 0
4th Malmo 1 0 1 4 -12

Schedule of the last round

Schedule Combination
December 9 Zenit vs Chelsea
Juventus vs Malmo

Commentary

Two strong clubs in Chelsea and Juventus and two smaller clubs in Zenit and Malmo. When the groupings were first announced, it was thought that there would be two strong sides and two weak sides in Group H, and that’s exactly what we got. Chelsea and Juventus only lost to each other, but won all four of their matches. Both Chelsea and Juventus have won all four of their remaining matches to secure their passage through the group stage before the final day of the competition. The main question for the final day of the competition is which team will finish top of the table? If both teams win, then Chelsea will go through on goal difference. Zenit and Malmö have no chance of making it through, but for the sake of their club pride, they need to win.

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