Barcelona has a small chance to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 this year. This is after a 3-3 draw with Inter Milan on Matchday 4 of the group stage.
Only one of their first four games in Group C has won. They are in a vulnerable position to advance.
Barcelona was eliminated from the Champions League group stage last season. So, it needs to improve its performance.
The Spanish powerhouses defeated Viktoria Plzen 5-1. They earned just one point from two games against Inter Milan appears to cost them.
How can Barcelona advance to the Champions League quarter finals?
Barca must first defeat Bayern Munich in their upcoming game. This will maintain any chance of moving on in the Champions League this season.
On October 26, Xavi’s team will play this match at home. But they have lost their past three games. It was against the German powerhouses without scoring.
In their most recent game, Bayern won 2-0. It is against Robert Lewandowski failing to score for the Catalans.
Barcelona’s next game against Bayern Munich must be successful. So, it can escape Group C. Otherwise, they cannot advance.
Overcome Viktoria Plzen
The Catalans must defeat Bayern. Then, they must defeat Viktoria Plzen in their last group-stage game.
Barcelona’s chance of making it to the Round of 16 is unclear. It is after losing 5-1 to the Czech team in their previous game.
Barcelona’s goal differential is not significant. Only three points are needed in each of these group matches.
Inter Loses All of Their Upcoming Games
Unfortunately, Barcelona is dependent on Inter Milan losing their remaining two group games. This is even if they win their next two.
The Italians have a better head-to-head record than Barcelona. So, they need three more points. This is to guarantee their place in the knockout rounds.
Xavi may defeat Bayern. Inter’s victory against Viktoria Plzen will end Barcelona’s chances.
But a loss or a draw would keep Barca in the competition. Inter would then need to defeat Bayern on the last day to ensure a place in the Round of 16.
What if Barcelona wins all their final two group matches? Losing against the German club would not be enough for Inter to advance.
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