Revitalized by the change of coach and the goalscoring success of Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United they qualified for the next round of the Champions League on Tuesday with an early date.
Another newly appointed coach will have to continue rowing for Barcelona to reach the round of 16.
The Barça, now under the direction of Xavi Hernández, has bypassed his group without fail for almost two decades but the 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou against Benfica means that the Catalan side would have to defeat Bayern Munich on the last date to continue in the race.
“It gives me the feeling that we deserved to win. I see very good, very positive things. The attitude of the team gives me the feeling that we can beat anyone. We are Barça, we have talent and players to make a difference, but sometimes things don’t work out. We had a great game, but it was not enough, “said the coach.
If Barcelona fail to beat Bayern, Benfica could overtake the Catalan club with a home win over Dinamo Kiev, who are already out. If they finish with the same number of points, Benfica would advance thanks to the record they have in direct confrontations.
In Barcelona’s favor is the fact that Bayern has little at stake, except, perhaps, the opportunity to eliminate a historic rival, even if it has lost its aura after the departure of Lionel Messi and other great figures in the midst of problems. financial
Bayern had already reached the round of 16 before their 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday and the result guaranteed the German champions first place in the group.
Robert Lewandowski, with a Chilean, and Kingsley Coman scored the goals of Bayern, which did not have nine players, seven of them unavailable because they tested positive for the coronavirus or are not vaccinated and were in close contact with someone infected.
With Michael Carrick at the helm for the first time after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking at the weekend, the interim strategist ended up thanking the all-time Champions striker.
Cristiano defined with a sublime balloon in the 78th minute to overtake United against Villarreal and Jadon Sancho sentenced to certify a 2-0 victory that allowed the English to qualify in Group F.
Another English team, defending champion Chelsea, also advanced to the next phase with a 4-0 win over Juventus, who also qualified but suffered their worst defeat in the Champions League.
With Liverpool qualified in advance and Manchester City with one foot inside, the Premier League would repeat a large presence in the knockout phase.
However, it was a bittersweet night for Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
The landslide victory over Juventus, thanks to goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi as well as substitute Timo Werner, was marred by injuries to key players N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell.
The four teams in Group G will make it to the final date alive after Lille and Seville’s victories against Salzburg and Wolfsburg, respectively.