Here is a review of this week’s champions league results.
After a comfortable 2-0 win over Montpellier on Wednesday, arsenal progress through to the knockout stages of the champions league. Weather they top the group will be decided on the 4th where they face Olympiacos once more after defeating them 2-1 in September. Wenger credited his team on progressing through saying qualification is ‘a massive satisfaction. How far can Arsenal expect to go? With average form in the Premier League and a challanging array of competition in the knockout stages, Arsenal could creep into the quarter finals but any further would be a major ask of Wenger’s squad.
After the departure of last seasons champions league winner Roberto Di Matteo due to poor recent form, it is down to new boss Benítez to win Chelsea’s last game which is a must to have any chance of getting to the last 16. Currently standing in 3rd position in Group E, Chelsea can only hope 2nd place Juventus fail to beat group leaders Shakhtar Donetsk to allow Chelsea to scrape through. If Chelsea go through to the last 16 they can expect to progress to at least the quarter finals.
Perhaps the biggest shock from the group stages were when the Premier League champions fail to reach the knockout rounds. A tough Group D meant City could only salvage 3 points from their 5 games, with Real Madrid and Dortmund qualifying from the group. What does this mean for City? The blues can now concentrate on the league where they are currently first, and if this isn’t maintained questions may be asked of the manager.
United look as strong as ever winning 4 out of their 5 games in Group H and so qualifying comfortably topping the table. United could easily reach the final and potentially be crowned champions of europe for the 4th time. Sitting 2nd in the league United look very strong, and could easily win one of these two competitions.