There is only one unknown left. Who will finish second in Group F behind Manchester United? Atalanta or Villarreal whose duel has been postponed to Thursday due to heavy snowfall this Wednesday evening in Bergamo. But otherwise, we therefore know the 15 other teams that will participate in the knockout stages of the Champions League. As usual for a few years now, there are of course a lot of people. Very beautiful even.
The last four champions – Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Real Madrid – are well there. Just like the four semi-finalists of the last edition since Manchester City and PSG have also validated their ticket. But if the plateau is salivating, there are still a few notable absentees. FC Barcelona, five-time European champion – the last time in 2015, in particular. Or AC Milan.
Burak Yilmaz, scorer in the match between Wolfsburg and Lille, December 8, 2021 in the Champions League
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Even without the Blaugrana and the Rossoneri to densify everything, PSG and Lille will in any case have a lot to do. Second in its group, the Parisian club already knows its possible opponents. They are only six since Lille removes a possibility. And it’s heavy. There are the cadors, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid. But also Ajax Amsterdam which has been a hit with its well-established collective or Juventus Turin and Manchester United, not at best since the start of the season but who hope to revive by February.
First after a sluggish start to the year, Lille, the only club in the first hat without a European record, could also inherit big pieces, such as Chelsea, Inter Milan or Atlético de Madrid even if the Colchoneros impress less this season until now. But the Mastiffs could also end up with a more affordable eighth. The champions of France and PSG will in any case quickly be fixed on their fate since the draw for the round of 16 is scheduled for Monday, December 13. The first leg is scheduled for February 15, 16 and 22, 23. The return is scheduled for March 8, 9 and 15, 16.
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- Manchester United
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- Paris SG
- Atletico Madrid
- Sporting Portugal
- Inter Milan
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