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Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are close to qualifying for the knockout stages as Rangers and Celtic face no European football in the second half of the season


We’re already into matchday five of the 2022/23 Champions League and a host of teams can smell the last 16.

Clubs like Manchester City, Napoli and Bayern Munich have already qualified after blowing away their opponents.

Erling Haaland helped City reach the last 16

And now Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea can join them if the results are good.

Meanwhile, Rangers and Celtic face the prospect of finishing bottom of their respective groups and missing out on European football in the second half of the season.

Here, talkSPORT.com tells you exactly what could happen in UEFA’s premier competition this week.

group A

Napoli have been the uncontrollable leader of this group and have beaten Liverpool, Rangers and Ajax twice in their first four games.

The Serie A giants have already qualified but can secure top spot if they beat Rangers and Liverpool fail to secure a victory over Ajax. A draw will also be enough for Napoli should the Reds lose.

Liverpool can join Napoli in the Round of 16 if they manage to avoid defeat against Ajax.

Meanwhile, the Dutch giants need a home win or their Champions League campaign will be over.

Rangers could still finish third, but they won’t if they lose to Napoli and Ajax avoid defeat.

If Liverpool can avoid defeat they will be in the next round

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If Liverpool can avoid defeat they will be in the next round


Group B

Club Brugge shocked everyone to qualify for the Champions League Round of 16 already, and they will seal the top spot if they avoid defeat.

Porto are second and will join Brugge if they manage to beat the Belgian team, and Atletico Madrid do not win against Bayer Leverkusen.

But with Atletico and Leverkusen two and three points behind Porto, that last place remains to be played, while the Europa League position also remains to be determined.

Bruges shocked everyone in Europe

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Bruges shocked everyone in Europe

Group C

Bayern Munich are again qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

If they manage to beat Barcelona and Inter Milan fail to win against Viktoria Plzen, the Bundesliga giants will finalize the top spot.

Meanwhile, Xavi’s side will be kicked out of UEFA’s premier competition if they lose to Bayern and Inter win.

A draw for Barca and the Serie A outfit would also see the Nerazzurri qualify.

Barcelona’s only chance is to manage to beat Bayern and hope that Plzen can earn a famous victory against Inter.

Bayern returned the

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Bayern made the ‘Group of Death’ easy

Group D

There are no runaway leaders in this group, with all four clubs still in contention.

But if Tottenham beat Sporting at home, they will qualify for the knockout stages. Spurs can also top the group if Marseille lose and they win.

Sporting and Marseille are tied on six points, so if they both win they will qualify at the expense of Tottenham and Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Europa League champions are down but are just three points behind Spurs.

Harry Kane and his teammates know a win will see them through

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Harry Kane and his teammates know a win will see them through

Group E

This group is another tight group where every team can still qualify.

If Chelsea beat RB Salzburg in Austria, Graham Potter’s men will be in the last 16.

But if Salzburg sealed three points and Milan did not win, they would qualify.

But the four places remain to be determined, three points separating the whole group.

Chelsea are still unbeaten under Graham Potter

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Chelsea are still unbeaten under Graham Potter

Group F

Defending champions Real Madrid have once again managed to climb out of the group stage.

The La Liga giants will claim top spot if they avoid defeat against RB Leipzig.

The German team can join Real if they can beat Carlo Ancelotti’s men at home.

Meanwhile, Celtic will finish last unless they beat Shakhtar Donetsk at Celtic Park and things go well in the final round of matches.

Real Madrid blew their squad away

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Real Madrid blew their squad away

Group G

Manchester City are through to the Champions League Round of 16 and will guarantee top spot if they avoid defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

The Bundesliga side are second and can join City, but they must beat Pep Guardiola’s men or draw and hope Copenhagen don’t beat Sevilla.

However, if this match ends in a stalemate, Dortmund will qualify as well.

Sevilla and Copenhagen need a win to keep their slim hopes alive.

Guardiola's team have already passed

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Guardiola’s team have already passed

Group H

In this group, Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica lead the way, with goals scored being the only thing that separates them.

If PSG win and Juventus fail to beat Benfica, the French giants will advance to the next round.

And because PSG and Benfica are on the same points, the Portuguese will qualify instead if they win against Juventus and Maccabi Haifa fail to beat PSG.

Juve and the Israeli giants must win their respective matches, or their Champions League dreams are over for another year.

PSG should qualify for the round of 16

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PSG should qualify for the round of 16

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