The UEFA Champions League is only getting heated and more and more clubs are seeing dimmer prospects for qualification to the last 16. In the Group Stage’s matchday 4 of 6, Chelsea beat Malmo a mere 1-0, Wolfsburg beat RB Salzburg 2-1, while Villarreal beat Young Boys 2-0. Juventus continued an impressive run with a 4-2 win over Zenit, as did Bayern Munich who thrashed Benfica 5-2. Lille beat Sevilla 2-1, as Barcelona, now under new coach Xavi Hernandez, beat Dynamo Kyiv a mere 1-0.
Dismal Performances from Man United and PSG
Manchester United continued their dismal campaign with a 2-2 draw against Atalanta, as Real Madrid beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1. AC Milan, on the other hand, drew 1-1 with Porto, as Sporting trampled Besiktas 4-0. Ajax were not left behind and hammered a 10-man Borussia Dortmund 3-1, similar to Inter Milan who hammered Sheriff 3-1. Liverpool performed rather dismally than expected with their 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid. Manchester City, on their part, were on a roll thrashing Club Brugge 4-1, after thrashing them 5-1 in matchday 3 on 19th October. Paris Saint-Germain performed dismally, on their part, with a 2-2 draw against RB Leipzig.
UEFA League Standings
Manchester City and PSG are atop Group A of the UEFA Champions League with 9 points, and 8 points respectively. On top of Group B are Liverpool with 12 points, and Porto with 5 points. However, Atletico Madrid are a close third with 4 points and may as well upend FC Porto. Leading Group C is Ajax with 12 points, followed by Borussia Dortmund with 6 points. BVB have to be careful as they are followed closely by Sporting who are third also with 6 points. Real Madrid are atop Group D with 9 points, followed by Inter Milan who are second with 7 points. However, Sheriff have a good chance at qualification as they come in third with 6 points.
Comfortable Lead for Bayern Munich
Group E is comfortably led by Bayern Munich who have 12 points. Barcelona are a far second with 6 points and can be easily overtaken by Benfica who come in third with 4 points. Manchester United lead Group F with 7 points, followed by Villareal who are second also with 7 points. The danger here is that Atalanta are third with 5 points and may as well upend the two to go top of the group. Atop Group G are RB Salzburg with 7 points, followed by Lille with 5 points. Again, no one can be comfortable here yet as Wolfsburg is third with 5 points. To sum it up, Juventus are leading in Group H with 12 points, followed by Chelsea who are a comfortable second with 9 points. The two clubs are comfortable on top with no apparent risk from the other clubs in the group.