Two English clubs Manchester City and Tottenham and also the French Paris Saint- Germain and the German Bayern according to the results of the fourth matchday of a group stage of the Champions League became the participants of the first round of the playoffs ahead of schedule.
At the same time, Manchester United, Liverpool, Roma, Barcelona and Beşiktaş have considerably strengthened their tournament positions. And now the question of getting into 1/8 finals is only a matter of time. So, for example, for official qualification Manchester United, Barcelona and Beşiktaş need one point and Roma needs two. But, now you can be sure that according to the results of the next fifth round (on the 21-22nd of November) the teams of Jose Mourinho, Ernesto Valverde, Eusébio Di Francesco and Şenol Güneş will join the company of current winners of a group stage.
However now it is necessary to tell about those initial favorites that strongly disappointed their fans. These are, first of all, the third prize-winners of Spanish La Liga and German Bundesliga, respectively, Atlético Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. As a rule, there is a thin line between love and hate in such situations. And, despite the fact that Atlético still have theoretical chances of the second final place the management of the vice-champion of Europe-2014 and 2016 is looking for a substitute to a yesterday's idol Diego Simeone.
More intriguing situation is observed now in the sixth group. Now Shakhtar Donetsk takes the second position with nine points and the leader of this champion race of the Italian Series A Napoli has only three. However , Maurizio Sarri's team still has very good chances for leaving the group. For this purpose the team has at the beginning to won at home over its main rival with the score 1:0 (on the 21st of November) and then to earn three points during the guest match with the champion of Holland (on the 6th of December). At the same time, Shakhtar Donetsk has to lose during the latest round to Manchester City in Kharkiv.
In this situation Napoli and Shakhtar will have 9 points each and by the results of meetings the second final place will be taken by Maurizio Sarri's team.
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