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Can All Four Italian Teams Reach Champions League Knockout Stages?

Juventus are already qualified for the next phase of the Champions League, but we take a look at how Napoli, Inter and Atalanta could follow them through to the last 16.

One matchday remains of the group stage in the Champions League and all the Italian teams can still qualify for the Round of 16, but there’s a big if for some of them.

The Bianconeri were already through before Atletico Madrid came to visit this week, but a 1-0 win against the Rojiblancos secured Juventus the top spot in Group D.

Napoli are only one point away from securing their place in the next round and will face bottom-placed Genk on Tuesday, December 10.

A draw will be enough for Carlo Ancelotti’s men to advance from Group E, whilst they may even go through losing to the Belgian side, if RB Salzburg doesn’t manage to beat Liverpool in the group’s other fixture.

Inter have a bigger task in hand the same day, as they are facing Barcelona in their last group stage match. The Nerazzurri need to end above or on a par with Borussia Dortmund, as they are superior to the Germans in the head-to-head goal difference.

If Borussia Dortmund beat Slavia Prague in their remaining fixture, it means the Nerazzurri will have to take three points against the Catalan giants from La Liga.

Barcelona won’t have much motivation, as they are already guaranteed top spot in the group.

On December 11, Atalanta’s first ever Champions League adventure could potentially continue into February.

They visit Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk and are currently on four points and bottom in Group C – where three teams are fighting for a spot in the knockout stages of the tournament.

If Dinamo Zagreb manage to win their game against Manchester City, all hope is lost for La Dea.

Atalanta’s fate depends on the result not going in Dinamo’s favour in Manchester, as they may still go through with a win over Shakhtar – who are in the best position currently in second place.

A win would at the very least guarantee Atalanta third place in the group and passage into the Europa League.

Champions League Fixtures
Matchday six
Tuesday 10 December

Napoli v Genk – Buy Champions League Tickets
Inter v Barcelona – Buy Champions League Tickets

Wednesday 11 December
Shakhtar v Atalanta – Buy Champions League Tickets
Leverkusen v Juventus – Buy Champions League Tickets