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Champions League news: What results do Arsenal and Chelsea need to reach the last 16? Find out here!


This week marks the close of the group stages of the Champions League.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all chasing progression to the last 16, while Manchester City, who have already sealed their place in the knockout stages, hope to finish top of their group.

But it certainly isn’t a case of all the English teams simply winning if the Premier League quartet are to meet their target.

Allow talkSPORT, therefore, to explain what the above teams require to make the next round:

VfL Wolfsburg v Manchester United, Tuesday 8 December, 7:45pm kick off (GROUP B) – live on talkSPORT

With the Red Devils second in their group, but just one point above third-placed PSV Eindhoven, progression is far from guaranteed.

What they need: Louis van Gaal’s men simply have to beat their German opponents to guarantee progress; if they fail to do so and PSV beat CSKA Moscow, they will be out of the competition. A draw will be enough for United if PSV fail to beat CSKA.

Manchester City v Borussia Monchengladbach, Tuesday 8 December, 7:45pm kick off (GROUP D)

Manuel Pellegrini’s side sealed progression to the last 16 after their 3-1 victory over Sevilla last month, but they are chasing top spot in their group in the hope of getting an easier draw.

What they need: To finish top of their group, City must beat Monchengladbach and hope that leaders Juventus lose to bottom-placed Sevilla. Anything else and they finish second.

Olympiakos v Arsenal, Wednesday 9 December, 7:45pm kick off (GROUP F) – live on talkSPORT

Such has been the Gunners’ dismal form in the competition that victory alone may not be enough to see them progress to the knockout stages. 

What they need: Arsenal need to win by two or more goals, or seal a one-goal victory in which they have scored three or more. For example, Arsene Wenger’s side would qualify with a 2-0 scoreline or a 3-2. Any win for Arsenal other than 1-0 or 2-1 will see them through.

Chelsea v FC Porto, Wednesday 9 December, 7:45pm kick off (GROUP G)

Chelsea are still hopeful of finishing top of their group as they welcome Jose Mourinho’s former side to Stamford Bridge, but could yet end up third and in the Europa League.

What they need: Chelsea and FC Porto are level at the top on 10 points, so whoever wins this clash would seal a first-placed finish. A draw would also see Chelsea qualify, in second place, but a defeat for the Blues would leave them praying Dynamo Kiev fail to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv at home, otherwise Mourinho’s men will be bound for the Europa League.



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