The Champions League has completed matchday five of the group stage. Thus, the group stage only has one game left. There are 11 teams that have confirmed themselves to qualify for the knockout round, so now they just have to prepare themselves to anticipate opponents in the next phase.
A total of 5 teams not even just ensured themselves to qualify, but had locked the group champion position. This will give them an extra advantage in the last 16 because they can face relatively easier opponents. Here are five teams that have confirmed themselves to be Champions League group winners this season.
Liverpool : Liverpool became the first team to qualify for the last 16 as
group winners . The Reds have even locked the top position since the fourth matchday after
beating Atletico Madrid. With a difference of 7 points from FC Porto on the second ladder,
Liverpool is no longer overtaken.
On the fifth matchday yesterday, Liverpool still looked serious even though they had already qualified. They beat Porto at Anfield so it’s still perfect in 5 games so far. Passing convincingly from a group that was once considered a hell group is a strong signal that Liverpool is one of the candidates to win the Champions League this season.
Bayern Munich : Next up is Bayern Munich, who won the group after beating Dynamo Kiev on matchday five yesterday. This result makes Munich temporarily still perfect in group E because it swept the first five matches with a win. In addition, they are also the most fertile team in the group stage so far with 19 goals.
From the start, Munich was very favored to win the group so this result is not surprising at all. Now, only Barcelona and Benfica have to fight for one remaining ticket to the last 16 on the sixth matchday . Who will get it?
Manchester United : Manchester United have been struggling in the Premier League this season, but their performance in the Champions League has been quite impressive. Cristiano Ronaldo et al. already confirmed to be the winner of Group F after beating Villarreal 2-0 in the fifth match. Last season’s nightmare when they were evicted to the Europa League was certainly not repeated.
MU’s collection of 10 points can actually be matched by Villarreal on the last matchday . However, even if that happens, MU will still be top of the standings because they are superior to head to head over Villarreal. How far have the Red Devils come in the Champions League this season?
Manchester City : Manchester City overtook their neighbors by confirming group winners status after thrashing Paris Saint-Germain on matchday five. Competing at home, The Citizens won 2-1. In addition to avenging the defeat in the first meeting, City are also legitimately top of the standings with 12 points.
Meanwhile, PSG, which has a star-studded squad, will definitely qualify, but only as runners-up because they have only collected 8 points. This means that PSG will have to face one of the group winners in the last 16 who is likely one of the teams on this list. It’s sure to be an exciting match!
Ajax Amsterdam : Another team that is certain to win the group is Ajax Amsterdam. The certainty was obtained after the Dutch champions won 2-1 over Besiktas on the fifth matchday . Ajax is now on par with Bayern Munich and Liverpool, who are both still perfect in the first five games.
For Ajax, this is the perfect atonement for their failure in the last two editions of the Champions League when they have always been knocked out in the group stage. As group winners, Ajax is also likely to avoid tough opponents in the round of 16. How far can they go this season?
The five teams above have managed to ensure their qualification to the round of 16. In fact, not only qualify, they will definitely qualify as group winners.