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Five-game Preview for the Champions League

Oct 20, 2022

LONDON, England – The top two teams in Group E will square off in Austria, and the Blues are aware that a victory will secure them a spot in the round of 16. Graham Potter’s first game in charge of Salzburg ended with a victory over Chelsea in London. Matthias Jaissle emphasized to his team that they were the “youngest squad” in the competition and “still haven’t lost a game.”

By Matchday 4, the back markers in Group C might have been eliminated but draws gave them both a chance. While FCK can take pride in having stopped Man City, new coach Jorge Sampaoli will try to build on an encouraging match at Dortmund. Midfielder Marko Stamenic shared, “We battled right up to the end.” In Seville, they would have to repeat the process.

Following his team’s Matchday 4 1 to 1 tie with Salzburg, Dinamo coach Ante ai declared, “We are still alive in the group.” However, the Croatian champions must win their final home match if they are to avoid the European winter. Stefano Pioli says Milan are not giving up despite being tied with Dinamo on four points: “Everything is still in our hands, and we can still attain our goal.”

After Celtic’s most recent match, a 2 to 0 home loss to Leipzig, coach Ange Postecoglou remarked, “Missed chances have cost us.” Despite this, there is still hope for Celtic, who are only four points behind Leipzig at the bottom of Group F. The Pitmen lost their previous two games at Parkhead, and the Hoops defeated Shakhtar in Warsaw (1 to 0 in 2004, 2 to 1 in 2007).

Leipzig striker Timo Werner’s thoughts after the German team’s victory at Celtic on Matchday 4 were already turning to Matchday 6: “If we don’t lose in Warsaw against Shakhtar, we are well situated for a second-place finish.” However, the German team can still aim higher, given Carlo Ancelotti’s team dropped their first Group F points last time out.

Erling Haaland, who was a substitute on Matchday 4, might not encounter the familiar Yellow Wall; City has already qualified and may be inclined to rest the Norwegian once more. Jude Bellingham, an English midfielder for BVB, believes that his team’s victory against his nation would be fantastic and would demonstrate their advancement.

After Paris’s two consecutive Group H draws against Benfica, coach Christophe Galtier declared, “We’re less dazzling, less dangerous.” The underwhelming French champions may also find Maccabi Haifa more difficult to scare following the Israeli team’s unexpected victory over Juventus. Tjaronn Chery, a midfielder for Haifa, affirmed, “We think we can place third.”

After winning 2 to 1 in Turin on Matchday 2, Roger Schmidt’s team could easily secure their round of 16 spot on Matchday 5. The Eagles’ unblemished start to the season now stands at 17 games. Juan Cuadrado, a winger for Juventus, said: “As long as we have a chance to qualify, we have to keep believing.” Juve must respond to their shocking defeat against Maccabi Haifa.

Following a hard-earned 0 to 0 draw against Atlético on Matchday 4, Club Brugge are already certain of a round of 16 spots as they lead Group B with four points and have yet to surrender in this season’s group stage. With a game left, a positive outcome in Belgium would guarantee Porto a top-two finish, putting defender Fábio Cardoso to the test once more. “Every game is still seen as the championship,” he continued.

A win over pointless Plze, though, will guarantee Inter a spot in the round of 16, even though a late goal at the Camp Nou cost them victory the last time around. Simone Inzaghi, the coach, groaned, saying, “We could have finished the group with two games to spare.” “We intend to provide this satisfaction for the supporters of Viktoria Plze.”

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