Jose Mourinho’s side sit top of Group A with 12 points from five matches, and hold a three point lead of Basel (second) and CSKA (third), while Benfica are rock bottom with no points thus far. With progression all but secure, Mourinho could rest players for the weekend derby clash with Manchester City, though Paul Pogba is likely to play due to his domestic suspension for the red card he collected against Arsenal.
Bayern Munich will finish second in the group behind Ligue 1 giants PSG as the goal difference is of 18 between them, and their previous encounter resulted in a humiliating loss of 3-0 in Paris. Anything other than a win will not console the German giants.
Victory over Atletico Madrid will see Chelsea finish as Group C winners, while Diego Simeone’s side must win on Tuesday to stand any chance of progressing. Should the LaLiga side win, they must hope that Roma fail to do so in their final clash with Qarabag which seems highly unlikely.
Dortmund were Champions League finalists as recently as 2012/13, when they lost to Bayern Munich in the final at Wembley, but Peter Bosz’s men cannot join their Bundesliga cohorts in the knock-out stages of this season’s competition having lost three of their five games consecutively, with a pair of draw against APOEL accounting for their two points to date. However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s return to the team after suspension will be a welcome boost for BVB. On the other hand Real has not been convincing at all, even though they have managed to push through to the knockout stage.
Victory for Liverpool at Anfield will win see Jurgen Klopp’s side win the group, though a draw at home to Spartak Moscow will suffice with regards to simply progressing. Spartak know that anything less than three points will condemn them to the Europa League, and even then they could miss out if Sevilla win against Maribor.
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