A total of five teams can secure a place in the round of 16 in today’s matches of the fourth round of the competition. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Arsenal and San Sebastian are within reach.
Bayern is 100% in Group A and needs to beat Galatasaray in the second leg at home to progress. The German champions go into the match after a wild week, which saw them first knocked out of the cup by third-tier Saarbrücken and then dominated the league thrashing Dortmund 4-0 on Saturday.
Manchester United, who are one point behind the Turkish team, will rely on Bayern’s help. The “Red Devils” lost the first two rounds, and last time against Copenhagen, goalkeeper André Onan saved them a 1-0 triumph with a penalty caught in the seventh minute of regulation. The Danish champion will try to win for the first time in the group in the home rematch.
In Group D, Inter and San Sebastian have seven points each. Four points back is Salzburg, who will welcome the last finalists from Milan. “We have seven points, but the group is very balanced in terms of performance. Now we play twice away and we know very well that we will not get anything for free in the Champions League,” Inter coach Simone Inzaghi pointed out to the UEFA website. The “Nerazzurri” have not lost seven times in a row, of which they scored in full six times, including the home duel with Salzburg (2:1).
Benfica have their last chance to get back into the fight for promotion at San Sebastian. The team from Lisbon is still waiting for the first points and a scored goal. He managed the last two competitive matches, but Jurásek was missing, who spent them on the substitutes’ bench. San Sebastian last lost to Barcelona on Saturday with a goal in the setup 0:1.
Král’s Union Berlin are going through a major crisis, having lost 12 competitive games in a row including all three in the Champions League. However, the club’s management and fans repeatedly express their support for coach Ursi Fischer. The Italian champions have six points in the group and have won their last four games against German teams with clean sheets.
In the second match of Group C, the 100% Real Madrid can claim promotion against third-placed Braza.
Arsenal can qualify for the playoffs already on Wednesday if both results of Group B are combined. First, they must beat Sevilla at home, and at the same time, in the second table, Lens must win at PSV Eindhoven.