How Chelsea can book their place in the next round of the Champions League against Juventus

By Daniel Orme

Chelsea will be aiming to reach the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday evening as they take on Juventus at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are set to clash with the Italian giants in west London with the huge incentive of continuing the defence of their title beyond the Christmas period.

Ahead of kick-off, Thomas Tuchel’s men sit second in the group courtesy of their 1-0 defeat in Turin but are still well-positioned to progress to the next round, with Zenit St Petersburg and Malmo faltering.

With that being said, football.london takes a look at the various scenarios that could come to fruition over the final two matchdays of the competition for Chelsea.

Win the group

Currently sitting three points behind the Italian giants, Chelsea simply have to win tonight if they stand any chance of claiming top spot in Group H at the end of the group stages.

The Blues have to win by more than one goal in order to jump above their visitors in the group standings and then either just match or better Juventus’ result in the final matchday as they travel to Russia to take on Zenit.

Progress to the knockout stages

Whilst topping the group is somewhat up in the air as things stand, the Blues look odds-on favourites to progress tonight even if they don’t win.

A point against Juventus would see Chelsea secure their place in the next round with the minimum gap between themselves and the chasing pack being a minimum of four points, regardless of what happens between Malmo and Zenit.

This means that the Blues cannot be caught and would become the second English side to progress after Liverpool.

However, even if the Blues lose, they could still progress if Malmo beat Zenit, with the gap then being six points between Chelsea and third place.

Elimination

Whilst being in a comfortable position, the threat of elimination is still hanging over the European champions.

Should they lose to Juventus tonight and then are beaten by Zenit on the final matchday by more than one goal then the Blues will drop into the Europa League courtesy of a third-place finish. This would be due to the Russian giants holding a better head-to-head record than the Blues.

Table as it stands

Juventus - P4 W4 D0 L0 Pts 12

Chelsea - P4 W3 D0 L1 Pts 9

Zenit St - P4 W1 D0 L3 Pts 3

Malmo - P4 W0 D0 L4 Pts 0


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