Champions League permutations: What Liverpool and Chelsea must do to qualify

Champions League round up: Barca send Inter packing

English clubs on the march again in the Champions League

Group A has already been decided with both PSG and Real Madrid confirming their qualifications, which is also true of Group B, where both Spurs and Bayern have qualified for the knockout rounds already.

Like Napoli, Liverpool knew a win would see them progress but found things much tougher against Salzburg.

Premier League leaders Liverpool come off a 3-0 win at Bournemouth - their 15th win in 16 league games but a first clean sheet in 15 games.

Chelsea secured qualification from Group H thanks to a 2-1 home victory over Lille as Frank Lampard, a Champions League victor with the London team in 2012, maintained his impressive start to management in his first season in charge.

Salzburg dropped into the Europa League as the third-placed team in the group.

- Table-topper Ajax (10 points) can progress as the table-topper with a win or a draw against Valencia and if Chelsea fails to beat Lille.

Remember, Atalanta didn't win any of its first four group stage games, but these last two wins did it.

Barcelona are already through from Group "F", leaving Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund scrambling for the runners-up spot.

The Italians needed to match or better Dortmund's result against Slavia Prague in order to progress but their loss coupled with the Germans' 2-1 win ensured a disappointing end to their UCL campaign.

- Leipzig (10 points) can finish top with a draw against Lyon. A draw would also be enough, providing Ajax beat Valencia in the Netherlands.

If their youth team can pull off a shock by winning their Carabao Cup quarterfinal at Aston Villa on December 17, while the seniors are in Qatar, Manchester City's domestic Treble last season might begin to look insignificant in comparison. Tuesday saw six teams clinch a spot in the round of 16, including Liverpool and Chelsea, and just one spot remains to be decided.

For Atletico, it will be a case of finding their goalscoring touch after bagging just 16 in 16 La Liga games this season.

With Manchester City crushing Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta had to go to Urkaine to face Shakhtar Donestk and win.

2 - Karim Benzema has scored two goals in each of his last two Champions League games.

And if they play to anything like their best, they will return from Qatar as Club World Cup champions and further increase their confidence going into the second half of the season.

"It's good to have him back, he has no pain and he's feeling good so he can help us in the games like every player in the squad". "We need to do something extraordinary to stay in".

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has his sights set on a slice of Champions League history when Tottenham visit the Allianz Arena on Wednesday. He could become the sixth Englishman to reach 20 goals in the competition after Wayne Rooney (30), Paul Scholes (24), Frank Lampard (23), Steven Gerrard (21) and Harry Kane (20). Galatasaray, Atalanta, and Olympiakos all have realistic chances of nipping into the Europa League too. Half of the ties will get underway on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19, with the remaining eight first leg ties being played on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26.

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