Which teams have qualified for the knockout stages?


We are entering the hard depths of winter, which means it’s time to start separating men from the guys in the Champions League.

Now, halfway through match day five, six teams have secured their passage to the knockout stages of 2022.

But who has qualified, how did they get there and will they be seeded in the December draw? Step straight up …

Bayern are looking for their seventh European Cup / GENYA SAVILOV / GettyImages

Seeding: Group E winnerThe 2020 winners Bayern Munich are obviously ready for the round of 16, there would hardly be a Champions League knockout stage without them.

Although the top spot is already secure thanks to their 100% winning result, Julian Nagelsmann’s team also has the pleasure of eliminating Barcelona if they beat them on match day six. Good.

The reds are ready / Quality Sport Images / GettyImages

Seeding: Group B winner

Jurgen Klopp admitted that he did not expect to qualify for the last 16 after just four matches after Liverpool’s doubles against Atletico Madrid, but here he is and his men.

Like Bayern, the Reds are looking for a seventh Champions League crown.

Yes, Dusan Tadic is still knocking around / BSR Agency / GettyImages

Sowing: Group C, TBDAfter a couple of years out of the limelight after their memorable drive in 2018/19, Erik ten Hag’s Ajax are back in the Champions League final after winning their first four group games – including back-to-back victories over Borussia Dortmund.

Slips into the last 16 likes … / Marco Canoniero / GettyImages

Sowing: Group H, TBDWhile Juventus’ domestic problems continue and they face an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League next season, they can at least take comfort in the fact that they will still be in this year’s competition in February.

However, their blow to Chelsea could make them move forward …

Can Ronaldo win another Champions League with Man Utd? / Eric Alonso / GettyImages

Seeding: Group F winnerDespite the crisis threatening to exit Manchester United, they are at least through to the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time in three seasons.

Despite all his antics in the group stage, Cristiano Ronaldo also wants to break his own knockout scene by advancing past the last 16 stages for the first time in three seasons …

Chelsea are looking to keep their crown / Robin Jones / GettyImages

Sowing: Group H, TBD

Can anyone stop Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea from being the first non-Real Madrid team to retain the title in the Champions League era? Watch out…

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