Sarri hoping for a reunion with Jose Mourinho in Champions League

Friday, 13 Dec, 2019

The Champions League group stage comes to a close on Wednesday with eight games.

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Holders Liverpool are under pressure and other big names are fighting for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League as the group stage goes into the final round of matches.

The draw will consist of two seeding pots: the group winners, and the group runners-up.

Seeded group winners will play the first-leg away and the return fixture at home.

But how does the Champions League last-16 draw work, and who can each team face?

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia are Spain's four representatives, while England also have four in Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester City's potential opponents: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, Lyon.

Ties are decided by drawing one ball from each pot, drawing a group victor against a runner-up.

On the other hand, although Tottenham lost the match 3-1 to Bayern Munich, they were already sure of second place in Group B behind Bayern Munich.

Liverpool have a packed December schedule, with nine games this month across four different competitions, and they will have to play a League Cup quarter-final and the semi-final of the Club World Cup on consecutive days next week.

Sure, they won the match, but the goal they conceded in the 78th minute to former player Loic Remy meant that Chelsea fell out of top spot in the group and into 2nd - which could make their round of 16 match significantly more hard.

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"Professional club football is not a private business for a few where only the size of the pockets determines who is welcome", the organisation said in a statement in response to the Super League reports.

These stocks are "typically too volatile for traditional investors (and) that is why we see very few clubs listed in the stock exchange", Tim Bridge, director in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said.

Europe's top clubs have drawn in big money over the last decade, with USA private equity firm Silver Lake last month acquiring a stake in the group that owns Manchester City in a deal valuing it at $4.8 billion. The Turkish and Belgian sides still have a Europa League place to play for.

After Tuesday's action confirmed six more spots, Wednesday looks set to be a more quiet affair in the Champions League - though that doesn't mean it won't be exciting.

With Atletico, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow vanquished, next on their list could be: Chelsea, Dortmund, Lyon, Real Madrid or Tottenham.

The Premier League leaders arrived at Stadion Salzburg needing just a draw to advance, although a low-scoring loss would have seen them eliminated and Salzburg go through with the same points total via the head-to-head tiebreaker.