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European giants that may not make it past the group stage of the UEFA Champions League

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The UEFA Champions League group stage matches have almost been concluded with many clubs already qualified for the round of sixteen.

Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona, Liverpool, Juventus and Dortmund have all confirmed their places in the next stage of the 2020/21 Champions League.

However, a few other top European clubs are yet to qualify and we take a look at the ones that have not made it and the ones that could possibly not make it to the next stage of the competition.

Manchester United

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The club made a good start to the Champions League this season with victories over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig in their opening two games but a loss to Istanbul Basaksehir on match week three and a 3-1 loss to PSG on Wednesday which could have seen them qualify with a point in that game has thrown their chances very much in the balance.

United, PSG and RB Leipzig all have 9 points from their 5 games so far and United travel to face Leipzig in Germany next week. A defeat in that game will see United miss out on the knockout stages of the competition with a draw enough to see them through.

Paris Saint-Germain

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PSG will face Basaksehir next Tuesday almost assured of a place in the knockout stages of the competition. However, a loss in that game will send them to the Europa league if the other group game between United and Leipzig ends in a draw.

PSG won the away fixture of the game by a 3-0 score but Basaksehir have so far proved a good team in the group and it is possible they could shock the French giants at the Parc des Princes next Tuesday.

Atletico Madrid

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Diego Simeone’s side have 6 points from 5 games in this season’s Champions League group stage and they currently sit second on group A, but are at risk of being relegated to the Europa League.

A final group stage show down away at Salzburg who are just two points behind.

A draw will see Atletico qualify into the next round while a loss will see Salzburg go through to the next round.

Real Madrid

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The 13-time Champions League winners are up for a possible elimination at the group stage of the competition this term.

With seven points from a possible fifteen, Los Blancos must win or at least get a draw in their final group match against Monchengladbach with the hope that Inter Milan do same against Shakhtar Donetsk to progress to the next stage of the competition.

Inter Milan

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The Nerazzurris have not hit the ground running in this season’s Champions League earning just five points from five matches.

Inter Milan need a win in their last group fixture to stand a chance of qualifying. However, a win may still not be enough to see them past the group stages unless Monchengladbach beat their group rival Real Madrid at the Bernabeu which will be an uphill task.

The San Siro battle is one they must win to give themselves a chance.

Ajax

The 18/19 Champions League semi-finalists must win their a final group stage game to progress to the next stage of the competition.

A draw in their final group stage match will see them eliminated. Ajax have picked up 7 points from their five games – a point less than their group rivals and final day opponents Atalanta.

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