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Xav's beloved club is getting closer and closer to rock bottom

Barcelona lost their identity and what for? They haven't even reached the Champions League round of 16 as they are back in the Europa League for the first time in 17 years (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaIs this the low point or just the pain caused by hitting a ledge halfway up the fall? Barcelona is somewhere between broken, broken or at the beginning of a long road to salvation, depending on your optimism. But there are gloomy traces of their relegation: For the first time in 21 years they leave the Champions League in the group stage. Super League? Try the Europa League for a double dose of karmic punishment. The hope in Barcelona and those who follow this club in virtually every country in the world is that they will be talking about this season in another two decades. They will think about how much their club was allowed to crumble. They'll test each other to remember the XIs who were brushed aside twice by Bayern Munich like a fellow Eastern European or Scandinavian runner-up, and they could well forget Oscar Mingueza and Luuk De Jong. Right now it feels like a bleak ending. It's easy to scoff at the idea that Barcelona are having a hard time. Barcelona are struggling but what about Norwich City? Norwich City is in trouble, but what about Derby County? Derby County is in trouble, but what about Bury? In such an emphatically stratified club game, someone is always worse off than you. But then that misses the point. Barcelona were the bigger boy to be armed with a weapon for the knife fight, but which ended up losing. They enjoyed the perks of historical importance, the world's greatest player, a global fan base, and a domestic broadcasting deal heavily weighted in favor of a demarcated cabal, and they are outside the European elite. Given their group stage, they shouldn't regret missing out on the Champions League knockout stage; it would shortly have ended in empathic defeat. They finished 11 points behind Bayern Munich, a supposed colleague, in a season of six games. Given that they finished seventh in La Liga and won six of their 15 league games, the Europa League could be the most likely route back into the most important competition in European football. In Munich they got all sorts of advantages, the return of the ghost games - literally "ghost games" - which remove any atmosphere in the Allianz Arena and Bayern with just a 100 percent record. With the ball, Barcelona earned one or two chances, but looked defeated as soon as Thomas Müller's header crossed the line. There is hardly any reason to celebrate about the dominance of Bavaria. They reflect a Champions League in which superiority is often standard. Before this season, teams had won six out of six group games in the history of the Champions League; three made it in the past three months. If Ajax offers a healthy antidote, wait for their players and manager to be picked up by Europe's elite for the second time in three years. Before the game, Gerard Pique described FC Bayern as the best run club in Europe, but he should speak to the supporters who have vehemently protested in vain against the club's sponsorship agreements with Qatar. We cannot doubt the strength of their first team or their great plans to win this competition again, but this is not a world where good guys can last long. And that is the real tragedy in Barcelona. Eventually they became the worst of both worlds. You are not healthy; No club that reaches for power and money naked for a Super League project when they are already in a position with colossal privileges can say that of themselves. Barcelona have given up that honor in a wave of financial mismanagement struck by the acidic poison that arises when arrogance and naivety are mixed together.

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The case of Barcelona: Fast, self-inflicted and degrading

From the highs of the last two triples to the lows of Europa League football, Barcelona are no longer part of the football elite (Author: Gardener)

Europa LeagueFor the first time in over two decades, Barcelona suffered a knockout in the group stage of the Champions League. Fans will have to get used to the unfamiliar feeling of Thursday night's games in a competition the club has never participated in since it was renamed the Europa League. This change will be the first of many as new coach Xavi made the scale of the renovation clear in a cool Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening. The cold truth is that this could possibly be the last Wednesday night in Europe Barca have had for a while as they have a battle for the top four in La Liga and qualifying for next season's Champions League. Bayern Munich's 3-0 win is just the latest blow to the heart; The Catalans are reaping what they have sown in recent seasons with the main culprit ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Disgraced boss Bartomeu has brought the club to the brink of a financial, economic and institutional crisis, and it's only getting worse as the club's budget includes revenue for the Champions League quarter-finals. Hopes of signing in January are further diminished by this elimination, while the club's hopes of finding € 1.5 billion (£ 1.3 billion / $ 1.7 billion) to fund its new Espai Barca project , could also be damaged. Xavi looked on with a grimace on the sideline, powerless in the face of Bayern's loose show of force, although this exit was always likely despite his positive view of the club's chances. The 3-0 defeats to Bayern and Benfica at the start of the group stage presented Barcelona with a challenge made worse by the many injuries. However, when Ousmane Dembele shot a chance over the bar in the first half, it was impossible not to think about the club's decision to sign him against Kylian Mbappe in 2017 when they were overflowing with money from Neymar's sale to Paris Saint-Germain . Mbappe, who shone for PSG on Tuesday night, could join Real Madrid this summer after his contract expires and salt Barcelona's wound. Record newcomer Philippe Coutinho was substituted on in the second half. He caused far more damage on loan from Bayern than he met twice in the humiliating 8-2 destruction in Lisbon in 2020. The club have lost their greatest player of all time in Lionel Messi due to financial problems, while Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann have been forced out for similar reasons. All three will be in the top 16 and could flick their TVs Thursday night to see how their old peers do in second grade Europe. Xavi raved about the chance to coach some of his former teammates, including Pique and Jordi Alba, but both suffered in Munich. Marc-Andre ter Stegen was to blame for the second goal, which messed up Leroy Sane's long-range shot, with the German goalkeeper far from his 2017 peak. Sergino Dest looked lost on the right flank and was addicted at halftime, leaving only Ronald Araujo to be a reliable defender. While defenders can be trained to some degree to play Barcelona style, La Masia has never released high quality attackers on a regular basis. Barcelona have looked elsewhere, bringing people like Neymar, Suarez, Samuel Eto'o, Ronaldinho and others with them. The only positive to hold on to is the progress made by their young midfielders Gavi, Pedri and Nico Gonzalez, although some of the European giants could try to test Barcelona's resolve with bids over the summer - teams that may be more attractive than the Catalans for first time ever, and with tumbleweeds in the bank account, some at the club may be tempted. From the dizzying heights of winning the triple twice to this Europa League relegation, Barcelona's fall was quick, self-inflicted, and humiliating.

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Champions League result, final score and reaction tonight

Follow the latest updates from the Champions League game at the Allianz Arena as Bayern pursue a perfect group record and Xavi tries to save Barca's campaign (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeagueBayern Munich face Barcelona tonight to set a perfect record in the Champions League group stage. Bayern are at the top of Group E with five out of five wins, have scored 19 goals and conceded only three goals. Things are different at Barcelona, ​​who struggled in the post-Messi era, and new coach Xavi faces a difficult task. Barca are seventh in La Liga, 16 points behind leaders Real Madrid and they are currently second in this Champions League group with seven points. They face the toughest game before the Allianz Arena tonight, while third-placed Benfica, by five points, host group fighter Dynamo Kiev knew a win could throw Barca into third place and out of the competition. Julian Nagelsmann's team beat Barca 3-0 at Nou Camp when the two teams clashed in September. Robert Lewandowski scored two goals that evening and will be level with the top goalscorer of the 2021/22 Champions League, Sebastian Haller from Ajax, when he scores his 10th Bayern this evening; Barcelona have to win to advance as Benfica lead 2-034 Champions Chelsea were in shock today. In an exciting game, the Blues took a 1-0 lead against Zenit, but were down 2-1 at halftime. Lukaku and Werner put them back in the lead but Zenit equalized late. The result means they finish their group in second place over Barcelona, ​​but it has to be said that Xavi's side look a little better than the one that hosted Nagelsmann's side. The score may be the same, but the first half was promising from Barcelona. 21:53, Sarah Rendell Barcelona is out of the Champions League after another blow from Bayern Munich. Sane saw three chances on goal and few chances early in Dembele's first half indicated the threat posed by the visitors. Muller scored his 50th Champions League goal, Sane and Musiala added two more and Ajax with a perfect six wins out of six. Bad times for Barca, who failed to qualify for the knockout stage for the first time since the 2000/01 season. Barca go to the Europa League. 21:51, Sarah Rendell 90 min .: In the last few minutes it was more like the same as Barcelona simply doesn't offer anything. Depay looks uncomfortable touching his hamstrings, which will be a problem for Xavi. There are three extra minutes, but the game might as well have heard the full-time whistle after 90 minutes. 21:47, Sarah Rendell 87 min .: Healthy again with another goal that went begging. Ter Stegen, who had a bad game, slipped when he came out to challenge him, but Sane's punch sails over the bar. The star should definitely have a hat trick and looks frustrated when another chance goes wrong. 21:45, Sarah Rendell 85 min .: Mingueza is on the ground and it looks serious when he rams an elbow in his face. Here the game is paused while paramedics take care of the player who got up and continued playing. 21:42, Sarah Rendell 82 min: Barca had a corner that they took again briefly. The ball was eventually hammered into the penalty area, but headed first to Bayern. He came back, but Neuer was collecting. Depay took it, but Bayern silenced the threat, but forgave a corner. 21:38, Sarah Rendell 78 mins: Barca had the lion's share of possession here, but they were pushed back towards their goalkeeper. There does not seem to be any progress in this team despite the need to win. The players need to know that a win is unlikely, but the fans will be disappointed with this performance. Bayern have made further changes with Lewandowski and Sule. 21:34, Sarah Rendell 75 mins: Barca made a few more changes when F. De Jong and Dembele take turns replacing Coutinho and Puig. The players had high prices, but they failed to live up to it. The changes will not affect the outcome of this game that Barca players are dying to end. 21:30, Sarah Rendell 70 min .: Depay had a flank that was pushed back by Sule. Depay took the step, but Neuer came out to collect it. Mingueza blocked the cross well, but conceded a corner. The hosts went too short and Ter Stegen held up well to save Coman's long-range shot. Bayern made other changes, Sarr for Coman and Richard replacing Davies. 21:26, Sarah Rendell 66 min .: Bayern won another free kick, the fourth of the game, but Sane's shot went straight out of bounds. The German team now only plays with the guests who are falling apart at the time. 9:21 pm, Sarah Rendell VAR checked to see if the ball went out of play through Davies, but it was cleared and the goal was in place. A huge cross came on Davies, who was tapping home with Musiala. 21:19, Sarah Rendell 60 min .: Xavi applauds his players who string together a few attack phases. What a daunting task he has in his hands to bring them back to their former glory for Roca. 21:16, Sarah Rendell 56 mins: Gonzalez had a shot, but that can't shake Neuer, who easily collected, Barca is easily expropriated across the field and you just feel like a shadow of who they once were. A couple of breaks in the game as the referee needs help with his technology. 21:11, Sarah Rendell 51 min .: Coman was able to tear Barca's midfield apart and went wild to unleash Bayern's attack. Barca got the ball back, Gavi and Depay shot away which resulted in a corner. The standard situation was sloppy and Bayern get the ball back. 21:08, Sarah Rendell 48 min .: Why didn't Sane meet there? Ter Stegen is lucky as he was out of position when Sane was in front of an open goal. The ball lands on the goalkeeper who was standing on the right post. Surely Xavi is thinking about the position of goalkeeper in this team. 21:04, Sarah Rendell We're on the road again in the Allianz Arena. Can Barcelona do it again? It is dubious as three gates are needed on Xavi's side. Xavi made an early change with Gonzales replacing Dest. 20:57, Sarah Rendell A funny fact at halftime for you, nobody scored more goals against Barcelona than Thomas Müller. The goal was Müller's eighth Champions League goal against the Spaniards. And the start of this game was Müller's 50th Champions League goal - not a bad evening for the German star. 8:52 PM, Sarah Rendell Here's a look at Sane's fantastic hits, but look how poor Ter Stegen is .— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 8, 2021 8:50 PM, Sarah Rendell The Group E table like she stands: 20:48, Sarah Rendell Well, it looks like Barcelona will be eliminated from the Champions League in the group stage. The guests looked promising early on, especially at Dembele. However, as soon as Muller's goal was scored, Barca's faith seemed to wane. Sane's stunning goal only added to the growing dominance of the hosts in the game. Barcelona must win this victory if they want to stay in the competition as Benfica made their game 2-0 at halftime. 8:43 pm, Sarah Rendell Bayern moves on the field and Sane lands with the ball far outside the penalty area. He takes a look at the goal and pounds the ball. Ter Stegen should have done better, but it's a breathtaking goal. 20:42, Sarah Rendell 40 min .: The repetition of Müller's goal simply shows the class that Bayern have. Lewandowski has so much time, he just plays around pique. The cross from the Polish international was perfect, but Müller headed to the ground. Simply sent to get it across the line while Araujo is unlucky not to clear it up. The hosts have come to life since the gate and Barca are starting to fall. 20:38, Sarah Rendell 37 min .: SAVE! Ter Stegen prevents Müller from doubling the lead. Barca have to be careful here as their defense has become more open since Müller's goal. Dembele almost equalized, everything is going well here! 8:34 pm Sarah Rendell Lewandowski ran in a circle around Pique to give Müller time to get into a great position. He headed the ball, which looked cleared on the line, but the referee says it went into the goal! 20:31, Sarah Rendell 30 minutes: Just when you think the night can't get tougher for Barca, one of their best players, Alba, gets away with an injury. 8:29 pm, Sarah Rendell Muller has a great cross but Lewandowski overtakes the game to keep Barca in this game. Depay then tries a counterattack, but pushes a defender to the ground. 20:25, Sarah Rendell 24 min .: And the night has gotten even tougher for Barca as Benfica scored again! Xavi's side will need a win here now and so far it could go either way. 20:22, Sarah Rendell 21 minutes: Davies cleared well to stop a Barca attack and I wonder if news of the Benfica game is being sent to the players as the Spanish team has come to life in the last few minutes . Dembele had a chance but Heaven tried. 20:19, Sarah Rendell 18 min .: It's a brutal match tonight as we are in the early stages and we had another booking! Araujo got yellow for a foul and some say he was lucky not to have a red. Another free kick for Bayern on the edge of the penalty area with Sané as a goal scorer. The standard situation does not lead to anything. Bad news for Barca as Benfica scored a goal in their 8pm kick-off! Yaremchuk is the goalscorer and Barca are out of the Champions League! 20:16, Sarah Rendell 15 min .: Gavi has to be careful after he gave the ball to Bayern again after a foul, but the attack ended in F. 20:12, Sarah Rendell 11 min .: Gosh, that was close ! Dembele made a great run down the left but his cross failed to find a teammate. Just as Barca were building up, Gavi missed an achievable free kick. Tolisso almost had one foot to cross and Bayern won a corner. Coman took the standard but was well defended by the guests. 20:08, Sarah Rendell 7 min .: Chance! Depay caught a good ball in the box and got in the way of Alba. He hit the ball, Neuer had to parry. Good insight into what Barca can do but the passing mistakes have to be weeded out of their game if they want the three points here. 20:06, Sarah Rendell 5 min .: Sloppy game in the first few minutes, both sides lose possession and the ball quickly changes hands. Busquets sees a bad pass by Ter Stegen for a foul by Lewandowski the yellow card. Bayern won a free kick after a foul on the edge of the penalty area. Sane took the free kick with the ball and hit Busquets in the head. It must also be said how strange it is to be without fans all over again. 8:01 p.m., Sarah Rendell We're in the Allianz Arena. Nagelsmann did not hold back with his team selection, although he has already qualified for the next round. It's a tough job but Barcelona will fight for qualification here. 7:54 pm, Sarah Rendell Joe Cole doesn't have much hope in Barcelona as he says at BT Sport that Xavi's team will "definitely not" beat Bayern Munich. Peter Crouch added to the doubts that he was "afraid" for Barca don't win - the Spanish team will be eliminated in the group stage for the first time since the 2000/01 season! More than five minutes until kick-off ... 19: 49, Sarah Rendell on the field in Germany. 7:42 pm, Sarah Rendell Well, Barca may have some hope with Chelsea's result tonight. The defending champion caused a little surprise. Zenit ended the game 3: 3 and Juventus claimed their victory, the defending champion slipped to second place in the table. This means that Chelsea may have to face Bayern Munich and they will definitely play the group leader in the round of 16. 7.37 p.m., Sarah Rendell Tonight's game will be played behind closed doors due to rising Covid cases in Germany. Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder told the regional broadcaster Bayern 2: "It doesn't make sense to allow viewers" again for the foreseeable future. If that doesn't work at the federal level, we'll do it for Bayern alone. ”Although the presence of the fans would have added tension to the game, it will be almost full to the brim as this game is so important to Barcelona. Lose it and they may be from the Champions League. Bayern Munich wants to play games without fans as Covid cases skyrocket 19:29, Sarah Rendell The game starts in a little over half an hour in the Allianz Arena, but that's not the only Champions League game on this one Evening. out and they are engaged in a tense game. This game is in its final stages and if you want to watch it live click the link below. In the other previous game, Juventus sees 1-0 against Malmö. 19:23, Sarah Rendell Everyone in the football world will be keeping an eye on today's game to see the fate of Barca's Champions League hopes. The team did not qualify for the knockout round last in the 2000/01 season, when Leeds United and AC Milan made progress in their group. Will there be the same fate 21 years later? 7:13 pm, Sarah Rendell Barcelona coach Xavi is clear about the main threat to his team this evening - Robert Lewandowski. The Poland international scored two goals against Barca in the second leg and is in good shape this season. Xavi said, "The key" will be to go out with confidence, try to have the ball and attack. We have to defend as a team and try to keep Lewandowski out of the box because that's where he's crucial. ”19:04, Sarah Rendell For all Game of Thrones fans out there, this reference will be a treat if you don't to look away! Bayern have posted that winter is here as it is snowing at the Allianz Arena and Barcelona will need a Winterfell miracle if they can get away with a win tonight. Losing could mean they are eliminated from the Champions League so it's an important night for the Spanish club. 18:57, Sarah Rendell And now the hosts have released their starting XI! Upamecano is returning from his European ban, but Joshua Kimmich, Michael Cuisance and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are completely out because of Covid. Neuer will stand high in goal with star man Lewandowski in advance. 18:50, Sarah Rendell Barcelona has announced team news for the must-win game. 6.46 p.m., Sarah Rendell Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann has asked his team not to be complacent despite the knockout round that has already been booked. The German club are so far unbeaten in the Champions League and are aiming for a perfect run in the group stage. Nagelsmann said: “We are delighted that we are already going into this game with the top spot. The Champions League is always special and we want to be fair to the other teams in the group. “Barça still have world class players. I still see them as a candidate for the title. ”6.43pm, Sarah Rendell Xavi made it clear how important tonight's game against Bayern Munich is for his team and their fans. Barca have to win today's game to qualify for the next round and the manager said: "It's a crucial game for us and we have our own destiny in our own hands. We have a great chance with our first win To rewrite history there and look forward to it. "18:37, Sarah Rendell The Champions League game starts at 8 pm and everything is at stake for Barcelona that needs a win against the German club. We have a piece put together so you know everything you need to know about the game! Confirmed team messages are expected shortly and as soon as we get it we will let you know. How to watch Bayern Munich vs Barcelona online and on TV tonight 18:31 , Sarah Rendell If the task of beating FC Bayern Munich wasn't difficult enough, Barcelona would have to do it in difficult weather conditions. It's snowing in the Allianz Arena at the moment! What happened in the second leg between Bayern Munich and Barcelona? 18:27, Sarah Rendell Ah Barcelona against Bayern Munich signaled a clear difference in the Spanish team to what the fans in the Champions League were used to. Barca were barely able to string the attack as they were dominated in a 3-0 home defeat. Bayern star Robert Lewandowski has scored two goals in the game that Barcelona want to forget. If you want to refresh your memory of the game, here's a piece from the night. 6:24 p.m., Sarah Rendell Tonight's result has no influence on Bayern's qualification as they signed, sealed and delivered their knockout spot after an unbeaten run. However, Barcelona's hopes in the European premier league depend on whether they can claim a win. It will be a difficult task as they lost 3-0 to the German team in the second leg but they are under new management and therefore have the potential to get the job done. As always in the Champions League, other games will affect the result. So take a look at our article on all the permutations: What every team still needs to reach the Champions League in the round of 16 18:10, Karl Matchett Bayern Munich wants one on Wednesday evening finish perfect Champions League group stage when they visit Barcelona with five wins out of five which means they are already in the last 16 and at the top. The La Liga side are nowhere near as comfortable, need a win to secure their own spot in the round of 16 and know that Benfica will keep the pressure on them from afar - we'll get them over the goals later in the night, too While Julian Nagelsmann may opt for a rotation after a big weekend domestic win, Na's new boss Xavi is still looking for the right formula after a difficult start since the takeover. Goal scorers in particular remain a real problem for the Camp Nou team - which could be a major problem given the lack of goals conceded and Bayern's own offensive power on home soil. From news to politics, travel to sports, culture to climate, The Independent offers a variety of free newsletters for your interests.

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Barcelona leave the Champions League after being easily beaten by Bayern Munich

Bayern 3-0 Barcelona: Muller and Sané in the first half and Musiala in the second half send the Catalans into the Europa League (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaBarcelona find new humiliations. That Champions League knockout wasn't an 8-2 or one of those breakdowns, but it was the first group stage knockout since 2001. Far from a vision of how to play the game, they are the ultimate picture of an empire that crumbled. You could say that this 3-0 win was another example of Bayern Munich's own strength as they set a 100 percent group record, but they didn't have to reach such heights. It was all so easy for the German champions because he seemed to come through Barcelona with every single attack. That was before Benfica basically cut any tension that evening by taking the lead against Dynamo Kyiv before the 20th minute of the other game. It was after all the ghosts of many bad defeats Barca against Bayern in it. So while this game was nothing new or unexpected, it may have raised some new questions for Barcelona. Given that the club still looks like it could use a complete reset and maybe a revision of its entire ideology - maybe a bit German, or at least closer to modern game best practices - it's fair to ask if that best move was another act of nostalgia; another attempt at reviving the good old days. This is represented by the appointment of Xavi, who remains a novice due to extremely limited experience at this level. Your former playmaker hero doesn't just have to rebuild the team. It has to be part of a rebuilding of the club. It's an absolutely huge job that feels a lot bigger than it was in 2003 or 1988. Bayern really just jumped over the rubble for this game. He had already set accents with a passing game just a few meters from the goal for Bayern Munich. Barcelona not only looked so much worse than Bayern in terms of quality. Julian Nagelsmann's team shredded them with every attack. For the game-defining first goal, the incomparable Robert Lewandowski only danced past Pique, sent him back and forth before sending the ball to Thomas Müller. The striker still produced a very inventive header to score a goal, but it almost felt like he did because he could do it sooner than necessary. It was a night for Bayern to experiment, to indulge, and yet it was such an emphatic victory despite taking it so easily. At the end and after Jamal Musiala passed the finish, they almost strolled through Barca. There will of course be arguments that Xavi's team did not “embarrass themselves”, but to be forced into such contortions is so pathetic. This is one of the big names in the game. And yet it is absolutely no surprise that they are out of the Champions League in the first phase. Instead, it felt inevitable and almost fair to the way the club has been developing. There's another argument that this will be better for Xavi himself in the long run. A sobering evening in the knockout round will be avoided and the Europa League will give more space to develop this young team and this young coach. This looked like a Barcelona team with the basics of the Pep Guardiola principles but absolutely none of the substance - neither in terms of quality nor what they were doing. When Barcelona are eliminated from the competition, they are left with just one other brutal reality: this is a club with so many players who are way below their standards, incapable of recruiting and with a freshman on top. It's a huge task. However, this came as no great surprise.

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Barcelona crashes after losing to Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich set a perfect record in the Champions League group stage when Barcelona were eliminated; Lille secure the top spot in Group G as Red Bull Salzburg are in second place ahead of Seville, which advance to the Europa League play-offs (Author: Gardener)

Bayern MunichBarcelona were eliminated from the Champions League after a 3-0 defeat at Bayern Munich on Wednesday and did not make it through the group stage of the competition for the first time since the 2000/01 season. With goals from Thomas Müller and Leroy Sane in the first half, the Germans, who had won all six games in Group E, took the lead before Jamal Musiala scored the winner in the third just after an hour. Barcelona have made it through to at least the round of 16 every time they have competed in the Champions League since 2001, but will continue to play in the second-rate Europa League after finishing third in the group. Barca, who had no chance in the second half and only scored two goals in six group games, have lost their last two games in all competitions after new coach Xavi's first loss to Real Betis on Saturday. A new era begins today and we have to get Barca to where they deserve, and not in the Europa League. "I'm frustrated because this is our reality. We're starting from scratch and we have to get Barca back to fight for the Champions League. Now we have to go out and win the Europa League." Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann put on his strongest team despite his leader Julian Nagelsmann and refused to pause top players after the 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in the Bundesliga. The German champions struggled defensively and conceded only one goal in the last eight games before Wednesday. But that was all that emerged from the Barca attack for the rest of the game as the Germans gradually took control. A dazzling Muller run down the left caught Barca napping, but his setback came too late for Robert Lewandowski, who couldn't get out of a meter. Roles were swapped, Lewandowski played the ball into the penalty area and Müller headed his 50th Champions League goal in the 34th minute, making him only the eighth player in the history of the Champions League to reach this mark. Bayern hit again with a Sane missile from 25 meters before the break. Barcelona, ​​who needed a win to advance, had no chance in the second half before Musiala sealed the exit in the 62nd minute. Lille reached the knockout round of the Champions League for the second time when they took a clear 3-1 victory and first place in Group G in Wolfsburg. The French champions needed a draw to advance but they played with ambition to end up scoring 11 points from six games, one ahead of Red Bull Salzburg with goals from Burak Yilmaz, Jonathan David and Angel Gomes. Wolfsburg, which scored a consolation goal through Renato Steffen, came in last with five points and was eliminated from all European competitions. Noah Okafor scored the only goal of the game when Salzburg made it into the knockout phase of the Champions League for the first time in their history with a 1-0 win over 10-man Sevillan at the Red Bull Arena. Salzburg are in second place in Group G with 10 points from six games, one behind Lille. Sevilla finish in third place and will play in the Europa League play-offs. There was little celebration of goals in the first half but the game came to life after the break when Salzburg was helped by a second yellow card for Seville midfielder Joan Jordan in the 65th minute. Magomed Ozdoev's lightning bolt resulted in a 3-3 draw at Zenit St. Petersburg and second place in the Champions League group H. Timo Werner thought he would have settled the dispute with a clever, late second goal in the closing stages, only for Ozdoev to hit a half volley home from the edge of the box on death. Juventus' 1-0 win over Malmö secured the top spot for the Italians and left defending champions Chelsea sweating after a possibly tougher tie in the knockout round of 16. Claudinho and Sardar Azmoun looted two quick goals to compensate for Werner's second-minute opener. While the tie hardly represents much damage, Headmaster Tuchel will no doubt be frustrated by another underperformance by a Chelsea team in the middle of a little funk. A greatly changed Juventus, who had already secured their place in the round of 16, raced into the lead in the 18th minute when Moise Kean headed his first Champions League goal after a centimeter-accurate cross from Federico Bernardeschi - and it turned out to be enough. Manchester United drew 1-1 against Young Boys from Switzerland in Champions League Group F at Old Trafford. United was already the top spot in the group and secured a spot in the last 16, while the Young Boys finished last and are eliminated. Interim United manager Ralf Rangnick made 11 changes to the team that defeated Crystal Palace on Sunday, and his makeshift side got off to an ideal start when Mason Greenwood took a super volley lead in the ninth minute. The Young Boys equalized three minutes before the break when United's Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek missed the ball on the edge of the box and kicked Fabian Rieder into the corner. Atalanta's decisive final Champions League group game against Villarreal has been postponed due to heavy snowfall. The Group F winners in Northern Italy would be sure to have a spot in the Champions League knockout stage, but the two teams will have to wait to find out their fate after English referee Anthony Taylor called off the game. Atalanta said on social media that the game would now take place on Thursday, with UEFA yet to set a kick-off time. The draw for the Champions League in the round of 16 will take place on Monday, December 13th, in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Barcelona, ​​Seville crash; Juventus jump against Chelsea for the first time

Juve lead Group H while Barcelona are back in the Europa League for the first time in 17 years (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaThe UEFA Champions League group stage is (almost) over and all but one of the games came to an end in one dramatic night. Barcelona suffered a well-known humiliation from Bayern Munich, losing 3-0 in a game they needed to win when Benfica crossed to a 2-0 home game against Dynamo Kyiv. In Group F, the Young Boys did not stay with a 1-1 draw against a heavily changed team from Manchester United, which had already secured first place, the victory they needed to get into the Europa League. Meanwhile, Atalanta and Villarreal will meet on Thursday, but their meeting has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions in Italy. Lille were at the top of Group G with Jonathan Ikone scoring two goals in their 3-1 win over Wolfsburg, while Karim Adeyemi and Noah Okafor together made Salzburg's only goal against Sevilla that earned them second place. Juventus scored a 1-0 win over Malmo in their first games, with Moise Kean scoring the winner in the first half after a cross from Federico Bernadeschi. To secure the top spot, Massimiliano Allegri's side needed a favor from Zenit, which they got in the most spectacular way when Magomed Ozdoev secured a 3-3 draw for the hosts in Saint Petersburg. The much maligned Timo Werner and Kepa Arrizabalaga looked like they were Chelsea's heroes. The former scored the first goal before Claudinho and Serdar Azmoun's goals punished the lax defense of a heavily altered version of the defending champions. Zenit might have been out of sight, but Kepa had a series of fine saves before Werner came back to the fore in the second half and hit Romelu Lukaku to equalize before picking up the ball from Christian Pulisic for his third goal in as many groups to achieve stage plays. That seemed enough, but Chelsea failed after a cross pounded into the top corner by Ozdoev, which dropped the Blues to second in the group. Manchester United 1, Young Boys 1 Villarreal (postponed to December 10, 10:30 a.m. ET | Paramount +)

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The latest scores, goals and updates from the Champions League

Follow the latest updates from the Champions League game at the Allianz Arena as Bayern pursue a perfect group record and Xavi tries to save Barca's campaign (Author: Gardener)

the Champions LeaguePlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. FC Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona LIVE: Current Champions League result, goals and updates from the game Bayern Munich will face Barcelona tonight to set a perfect record in the Champions League group stage. Bayern are at the top of Group E with five out of five wins, have scored 19 goals and conceded only three goals. Things are different at Barcelona, ​​who struggled in the post-Messi era, and new coach Xavi faces a difficult task. Barca are seventh in La Liga, 16 points behind leaders Real Madrid and they are currently second in this Champions League group with seven points. They face the toughest game before the Allianz Arena tonight, while third-placed Benfica, by five points, host group fighter Dynamo Kiev knew a win could throw Barca into third place and out of the competition. Julian Nagelsmann's team beat Barca 3-0 at Nou Camp when the two teams clashed in September. Robert Lewandowski has scored two goals that evening and will level with the top scorer of the 2021/22 Champions League, Ajax's Sebastian Haller, when he turns 10 tonight. Any other result for the Catalan team depends on Benfica's score 20: 31, Sarah Rendell 30.Min: Just when you think the night can't get any harder for Barca, one of their best players, Alba, gets away with an injury. 8:29 pm, Sarah Rendell Muller has a great cross but Lewandowski overtakes the game to keep Barca in this game. Depay then tries a counterattack, but pushes a defender to the ground. 20:25, Sarah Rendell 24 min .: And the night has gotten even tougher for Barca as Benfica scored again! 20:22, Sarah Rendell 21 minutes: Davies cleared well to stop a Barca attack and I wonder if news of the Benfica game is being sent to the players as the Spanish team has come to life in the last few minutes . Dembele had a chance but Heaven tried. 20:19, Sarah Rendell 18 min .: It's a brutal match tonight as we are in the early stages and we had another booking! Araujo got yellow for a foul and some say he was lucky not to have a red. Another free kick for Bayern on the edge of the penalty area with Sané as a goal scorer. The standard situation does not lead to anything. Bad news for Barca as Benfica scored a goal in their 8pm kick-off! Yaremchuk is the goalscorer and Barca are out of the Champions League! 20:16, Sarah Rendell 15 min .: Gavi has to be careful after he gave the ball to Bayern again after a foul, but the attack ended in F. 20:12, Sarah Rendell 11 min .: Gosh, that was close ! Dembele made a great run down the left but his cross failed to find a teammate. Just as Barca were building up, Gavi missed an achievable free kick. Tolisso almost had one foot to cross and Bayern won a corner. Coman took the standard but was well defended by the guests. 20:08, Sarah Rendell 7 min .: Chance! Depay caught a good ball in the box and got in the way of Alba. He hit the ball, Neuer had to parry. Good insight into what Barca can do but the passing mistakes have to be weeded out of their game if they want the three points here. 20:06, Sarah Rendell 5 min .: Sloppy game in the first few minutes, both sides lose possession and the ball quickly changes hands. Busquets sees a bad pass by Ter Stegen for a foul by Lewandowski the yellow card. Bayern won a free kick after a foul on the edge of the penalty area. Sane took the free kick with the ball and hit Busquets in the head. It must also be said how strange it is to be without fans all over again. You can only hear the calls of players and managers in an ice-cold Allianz Arena. 8:01 p.m., Sarah Rendell We're in the Allianz Arena. Nagelsmann did not hold back with his team selection, although he has already qualified for the next round. It's a tough job but Barcelona will fight for qualification here. 7:54 pm, Sarah Rendell Joe Cole doesn't have much hope in Barcelona as he says at BT Sport that Xavi's team will "definitely not" beat Bayern Munich. Peter Crouch added to the doubts that he was "afraid" for Barca don't win - the Spanish team will be eliminated in the group stage for the first time since the 2000/01 season! More than five minutes until kick-off ... 19: 49, Sarah Rendell on the field in Germany. 7:42 pm, Sarah Rendell Well, Barca may have some hope with Chelsea's result tonight. This means that Chelsea may have to face Bayern Munich and they will definitely play the group leader in the round of 16. 7.37 p.m., Sarah Rendell Tonight's game will be played behind closed doors due to rising Covid cases in Germany. Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder told the regional broadcaster Bayern 2: "It doesn't make sense to allow viewers" again for the foreseeable future. If that doesn't work at the federal level, we'll do it for Bayern alone. ”Although the presence of the fans would have added tension to the game, it will be almost full to the brim as this game is so important to Barcelona. Lose it and they may be from the Champions League. Bayern Munich wants to play games without fans as Covid cases skyrocket 19:29, Sarah Rendell The game starts in a little over half an hour in the Allianz Arena, but that's not the only Champions League game on this one Evening. out and they are engaged in a tense game. This game is in its final stages and if you want to watch it live click the link below. In the other previous game, Juventus sees 1-0 against Malmö. 19:23, Sarah Rendell Everyone in the football world will be keeping an eye on today's game to see the fate of Barca's Champions League hopes. The team did not qualify for the knockout round last in the 2000/01 season, when Leeds United and AC Milan made progress in their group. Will there be the same fate 21 years later? 7:13 pm, Sarah Rendell Barcelona coach Xavi is clear about the main threat to his team this evening - Robert Lewandowski. The Poland international scored two goals against Barca in the second leg and is in good shape this season. Xavi said, "The key" will be to go out with confidence, try to have the ball and attack. We have to defend as a team and try to keep Lewandowski out of the box because that's where he's crucial. ”19:04, Sarah Rendell For all Game of Thrones fans out there, this reference will be a treat if you don't to look away! Bayern have posted that winter is here as it is snowing at the Allianz Arena and Barcelona will need a Winterfell miracle if they can get away with a win tonight. Losing could mean they are eliminated from the Champions League so it's an important night for the Spanish club. 18:57, Sarah Rendell And now the hosts have released their starting XI! Upamecano is returning from his European ban, but Joshua Kimmich, Michael Cuisance and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are completely out because of Covid. Neuer will stand high in goal with star man Lewandowski in advance. 18:50, Sarah Rendell Barcelona has announced team news for the must-win game. 6.46 p.m., Sarah Rendell Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann has asked his team not to be complacent despite the knockout round that has already been booked. The German club are so far unbeaten in the Champions League and are aiming for a perfect run in the group stage. Nagelsmann said: “We are delighted that we are already going into this game with the top spot. The Champions League is always special and we want to be fair to the other teams in the group. “Barça still have world class players. I still see them as a candidate for the title. ”6.43pm, Sarah Rendell Xavi made it clear how important tonight's game against Bayern Munich is for his team and their fans. Barca have to win today's game to qualify for the next round and the manager said: "It's a crucial game for us and we have our own fate in our own hands." History tells us that we are in Munich didn't win, but now we have a chance to break this run. We have a great chance to rewrite history with our first win there and we are looking forward to it. ”18:37, Sarah Rendell The Champions League game begins at 8pm and it's all at stake for Barcelona who need a win against the German club. We've put a piece together so you know everything you need to know about the game! Confirmed team messages are expected shortly and as soon as they arrive, we will let you know. How to watch Bayern Munich versus Barcelona tonight online and on TV 18:31, Sarah Rendell If the task of defeating Bayern Munich isn't already s hard enough, Barcelona would have to make it in difficult weather conditions. It is currently snowing in the Allianz Arena! What happened in the second leg between Bayern Munich and Barcelona? 18:27, Sarah Rendell Ah Barcelona against Bayern Munich signaled a clear difference in the Spanish team to what the fans in the Champions League were used to. Barca were barely able to string the attack as they were dominated in a 3-0 home defeat. Bayern star Robert Lewandowski has scored two goals in the game that Barcelona want to forget. If you want to refresh your memory of the game, here's a piece from the night. 6:24 p.m., Sarah Rendell Tonight's result has no influence on Bayern's qualification as they signed, sealed and delivered their knockout spot after an unbeaten run. However, Barcelona's hopes in the European premier league depend on whether they can claim a win. It will be a difficult task as they lost 3-0 to the German team in the second leg but they are under new management and therefore have the potential to get the job done. As always in the Champions League, other games will affect the result. So take a look at our article on all the permutations: What every team still needs to reach the Champions League in the round of 16 18:10, Karl Matchett Bayern Munich wants one on Wednesday evening finish perfect Champions League group stage when they visit Barcelona with five wins out of five which means they are already in the last 16 and at the top. The La Liga side are nowhere near as comfortable, need a win to secure their own spot in the round of 16 and know that Benfica will keep the pressure on them from afar - we'll get them over the goals later in the night, too While Julian Nagelsmann may opt for a rotation after a big weekend domestic win, Na's new boss Xavi is still looking for the right formula after a difficult start since the takeover. Goal scorers in particular remain a real problem for the Camp Nou team - which could be a major problem given the lack of goals conceded and Bayern's own offensive power on home soil. 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Real Madrid as group winners until the round of 16, when Atletico Madrid beat Porto and finished second

Plus: Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi score in PSG's win over Club Brugge; Erling Haaland and Marco Reus also in the goal for Borussia Dortmund, which is relegated to the Europa League; AC Milan leave Europe after losing to Liverpool; Manchester City loses against RB Leipzig (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridReal Madrid reached the Champions League round of 16 as Group D winners, while Atletico Madrid beat Porto in Group B and finished second behind Liverpool. Real Madrid ended Group D frontrunners as Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio scored goals to secure a 2-0 home win over Inter Milan who sent Nicolo Barella off. Both teams had already occupied their last 16 places and Real ended with 15 points from six games, five more than runner-up Inter. Kroos scored in the 17th minute with a crisp low shot from 20 meters, which flashed past goalkeeper Samir Handanovic - the 1,000th goal of the 13-time record champions in the European Cup and Champions League. Referee Felix Brych showed Barella a direct red card in the 64th minute. Inter stood on their backfoot and substitute Asensio scored the 2-0 with a great goal in the 79th minute shortly after his substitution for Rodrygo. A crisp passing game gave the Spanish striker time and space at the edge of the box to shoot a splendid shot that went off the post and into the net. Sheriff Tiraspol will move into the Europa League after finishing third in the group. Atletico Madrid made it to the round of 16 and broke Porto's heart with a win at Estadio do Dragao in a Group B match full of incidents. Atletico had to win to advance and took the lead on 56 minutes through Antoine Griezmann. When Porto pushed for the goal that would keep them in the competition, they were hit twice in stoppage time on counterattack with goals from Rodrigo De Paul and Angel Correa. The hosts led through the use of Fikayo Tomori but with goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi on either side of half-time, Liverpool took six wins from six games in the group - the first English team to do so in the Champions League. Erling Haaland and Marco Reus both scored twice but it was only enough for third place in the group despite the fact that Sporting Lisbon lost 4-2 at Ajax. Sebastien Haller maintained his streak of success as the Dutch ended the Champions League group stage with a 100 percent record. The former West Ham striker was only the second player to score in every game in the six-game group stage after Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017-18 when he pocketed an eight-minute penalty to bring his record to 10 in this year's competition increase the equalizer through Nuno Santos in the 22nd minute, but the Brazilian Antony restored the Dutch leadership shortly before the break after a terrible defensive error by the guests. Sporting took comfort in the 78th minute when Bruno Tabatas fired a thunderous side-foot shot from the bottom of the crossbar. The first two places in Group A were already determined, but RB Leipzig's 2-1 home win over group winners Manchester City kept them in Europe. Goals from Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva secured third place despite Riyad Mahrez's answer for the English champions who sent Kyle Walker off. Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi scored two goals each in Paris Saint Germain's 4-1 win over Club Brugge. Visiting goalkeeper Simon Mignolet awkwardly knocked Nuno Mendes's cross into the path of Mbappe, who shot in after two minutes and the striker was back on the ball five minutes later when he volleyed the Belgian after a pass from Angel Di Maria . Mbappe is the youngest player to score 30 goals in the Champions League less than two weeks before his 23rd birthday. Messi added the third goal seven minutes before break, with a typical twisty attempt from outside the box and although Mats Rits pulled one back in the 68th minute, PSG were always in control. Messi took a comfortable win with a late penalty after being brought down by substitute Ignace Van der Brempt.

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PSG under Mauricio Pochettino is a team of individuals, not a team that plays like a master

Mauricio Pochettino is in no danger of being fired from PSG but there is some frustration that the team is not living up to their obvious talent. (Author: Gardener)

Mauricio PochettinoThis is arguably the most talented Paris Saint-Germain squad, both individually and collectively. Since it was acquired by Qatar Sports Investment 10 years ago, and not before them, PSG has been this strong. Despite traveling domestically, it feels like PSG's worst season in terms of performance, style, content, entertainment or bragging rights. As for the results - and that is essentially a profit-making business - it was satisfactory throughout the season with only two defeats: at Manchester City in the Champions League (2-1) and at Rennes (2-0) in Ligue 1 PSG are already in the round of 16 of the Champions League, albeit in second place, and are 11 points ahead of the top of the table in France. But if we take a closer look, their record this season against the other "top 5" teams in Ligue 1 is a source of frustration: 0-0 in Marseille, 0-2 away in Rennes, 0-0 against Nice and 1: 1 at Lens last Saturday. (Lens draw was also almost a loss, until Georginio Wijnaldum showed up to hit the cross for Kylian Mbappe with his head.) They are zero wins, one goal in the four games and, more importantly, not really dominant ones Plays against their most immediate challengers. As with Wijnaldum's late goal against Lens, PSG were saved several times by their individual talents in the final stages of their season: five of their Ligue 1 wins were achieved by a game winner within the last 10 minutes. - ESPN FC 100: Introducing the best male players and managers of 2021 That doesn't feel like PSG, least of all PSG of the last 10 years. Mauricio Pochettino said it himself when he was introduced to the media as the new PSG manager just under a year ago. He wanted to win in style, with his own philosophy and his own game. There was little direction, no fluidity, no pattern of play and, more seriously, no plan. On Saturday against Lens, a team that always plays the same in a 3-4-2-1 formation, Pochettino changed his tactical system five times in the 90 minutes. He optimized and changed so much that Marco Verratti played six different positions in midfield. PSG have got used to winning with flair over the past 10 years. This season they will be saved every step of the way by their individual talents, rather than a cohesive vision. It's not feasible because at some point, especially against the top teams, they won't make it anymore. If you removed Mbappe's incredible season so far - seven goals and eight assists in Ligue 1, two goals and three assists in the Champions League - where would the team be? What if you knock out those late goals against Lyon, Angers, Lille and Nantes or against Metz, Saint-Etienne and Lens? (We're talking about a lot of points.) The picture and mood around PSG's season would be very different. Pochettino has been with the club for a year and the team is struggling to stick together. The consensus in the locker room is that Pochettino is great at man leading the job and the players like him, but many feel that he's too tactically constrained, or at least not working hard enough on their tactics. It's not just Pochettino's fault, of course. Lionel Messi is struggling to adjust to his new life, which is understandable considering he is moving to another location for the first time since he was 13. There have been some good moments with the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, but overall he's faring below expectations so far. Summer newcomers Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes started well as PSG's new full-backs, but they don't play with the same intensity as they did at the start of the season. Marco Verratti is indispensable in midfield, but vulnerable to injury. Seasoned defender Sergio Ramos had to wait until the end of November to play while Mauro Icardi had to resolve some off-field issues that tarnished his football. There are some extenuating circumstances for Pochettino. He hadn't planned for Messi to join in the summer; It was very lucky, albeit one to work with. Still, the former Spurs boss clearly wanted and still wants to move to Manchester United, which calls into question his desire to currently chair the French capital. Also, as he explained in some interviews a few weeks ago, he is struggling with the general mood in the club. The players are not always disciplined enough for his taste and yet he feels that he lacks the power to sanction them himself. He feels out of control and that is a problem for him. The nice thing about football is that you never know how the story will end. Pochettino and his players can change things and have a wonderful second half of the season to become a real collective force and finally win the elusive Champions League title. Or they remain average as before this season, are rescued by a star player if possible and experience a great disappointment in Europe. At the moment, however, the likelihood of the first ending is higher ...

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Who can Man Utd, Real Madrid, PSG and each team get?

Here's everything you need to know about who players like Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and more could face in the Champions League round of 16 (Author: Gardener)

LiverpoolThe knockout phase of the 2021/22 Champions League is not far away, and the group stage is coming to an end after some exciting duels, including PSG against Manchester City and Liverpool against AC Milan. Well-known teams like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea have all qualified for the next round and the focus is now on who each team could face. Manchester United cannot play against any Premier League team or against group winners Bayern Munich. They could face PSG, Atletico Madrid, Sporting and Inter. They could also play against Barcelona or Benfica, as well as Juventus should they finish second in Group H. Group G remains wide open, with potential opponents from this group like Lille and Red Bull Salzburg. If Chelsea wins Group H, they could potentially be PSG, Atletico Madrid, Inter, Sporting, Barcelona or Benfica (depending on who qualified from Group E), Villarreal or Atalanta (depending on who finished second in Group F) or the runner-up draw. from group G. As the winners of group B, Liverpool will avoid a draw against Bayern Munich and Ajax. However, they could face PSG, Inter or Sporting. One from Barcelona or Benfica as well as one from Villarreal or Atalanta could also be opponents in the round of 16. As the winners of Group A, Manchester City cannot be drawn again against PSG and will avoid competing against other group winners such as Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Ajax in the next round. However, they can be drawn against Atletico Madrid, Sporting or Inter. One from Barcelona or Benfica (from Group E) and one from Villarreal or Atalanta (from Group F) could also be opponents of the round of 16. Should Juventus finish second in Group H, they too would be potential opponents. Real Madrid could face PSG, Atletico or Sporting. Should Benfica qualify from Group E as runner-up instead of Barcelona, ​​they could also be potential opponents for Real and the same applies if Atalanta beat Villarreal to second place in Group F opponents, depending on who finishes second in Group H. . Group G remains wide open, with potential opponents from there such as Lille, Salzburg or Wolfsburg. As Group A runners-up, the French giants cannot face Man City again, but could potentially face one of the following group winners: Real Madrid, Liverpool, Ajax, Manchester United and Bayern Munich. One of Chelsea or Juventus will lead Group H, while potential opponents for Group G are Red Bull Salzburg or Sevilla.

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