We’re coming into the harsh depths of winter, which implies it is time to begin separating the males from the boys in the Champions League.
Now midway by matchday 5, six teams have sealed their passage to the knockout levels in 2022.
But who has qualified, how did they get there and can they be seeded in December’s draw? Step proper up…
Bayern are on the hunt for their seventh European Cup / GENYA SAVILOV/GettyImages
Seeding: Group E winners
2020 winners Bayern Munich are clearly by to the last 16, it will hardly be a Champions League knockout levels with out them.
While high spot is already safe due to their 100% profitable file, Julian Nagelsmann’s aspect additionally have the pleasure of having the ability to eradicate Barcelona in the event that they beat them on matchday six. Tasty.
The Reds are by / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages
Seeding: Group B winners
Jurgen Klopp admitted that he didn’t count on to qualify for the last 16 after simply 4 video games following Liverpool’s double over Atletico Madrid, however right here he and his males are.
Like Bayern, the Reds are looking for a seventh Champions League crown.
Yeah, Dusan Tadic remains to be knocking round / BSR Agency/GettyImages
Seeding: Group C, TBD
After a few years out of the highlight following their memorable 2018/19 run, Erik ten Hag’s Ajax are again in the Champions League knockouts having gained their first 4 group video games – together with back-to-back victories over Borussia Dortmund.
Sliding into the last 16 like… / Marco Canoniero/GettyImages
Seeding: Group H, TBD
While Juventus’ home woes proceed and so they’re dealing with an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League subsequent season, they’ll a minimum of be comforted with the reality they will nonetheless be on this 12 months’s competitors come February.
Their thrashing at the fingers of Chelsea would possibly unnerve them transferring ahead, nonetheless…
Can Ronaldo win one other Champions League with Man Utd? / Eric Alonso/GettyImages
Seeding: Group F winners
In spite of the disaster that is threatening to get manner out of hand at Manchester United, a minimum of they’re by to the knockout levels of the Champions League for the first time in three seasons.
For all of his group stage antics, Cristiano Ronaldo can be seeking to break a knockout stage duck of his personal by advancing previous the last 16 stage for the first time in three seasons…
Chelsea are out to retain their crown / Robin Jones/GettyImages
Seeding: Group H, TBD
Can anybody cease Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea from being the first crew not named Real Madrid to retain the title in the Champions League period? Stay tuned…