While all eyes will be on Group E as Barcelona face their first group stage elimination since 2000/01, a four-way shoot awaits in Group G of the Champions League tonight.
Lille, Salzburg, Seville and Wolfsburg have made it into five group games and while all four teams are preparing for the final group games tonight, everything for the quartet can still be played.
“It’s an important game,” said Lille defender and former Southampton star Jose Font on Tuesday. “We know what that means. We all want to deliver a great performance on Wednesday.
Group G stands on a knife’s edge with qualification for the round of 16 of the Champions League on offer
Lille, Salzburg, Seville and Wolfsburg all have a chance to make it out of the group
“We’ll do everything we can to try to win. There are two possible outcomes to qualify. We’re going to have to get along well to have this opportunity to end up at the top of the group. We’ve chained two wins and it’s okay. We only think of winning. ‘
In a group where all four can pull through on the last day, Lille will perhaps feel most confident in their position.
With eight points at the top of the group, Ligue 1 travels to Germany to face Wolfsburg, which is fourth with five points. Salzburg is in second place with seven points, Seville is in third place with six points.
As Fonte alludes, a win or a draw will be enough to seal qualification for the round of 16, although the win will secure the top spot and see the French face Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Bayern Munich in the next round .
And they will definitely be in a good mood on the way to Germany. The French champions defeated Troyes with a strong performance at the weekend and faced Wolfsburg after five games without a win against Wolfsburg, which culminated in the 3-0 defeat in Mainz on Saturday.
It’s a big challenge for the Bundesliga club to do the unthinkable and catapult his rival to a position under the last 16, with victory being the only way for Florian Kohfeldt’s team to advance.
Lille are at the top of Group G and Jose Fonte (left) is convinced of the European status of his team
The absence of star striker Lukas Nmecha doesn’t help either. The former Manchester City starlet will be suspended tonight due to a buildup of yellow cards collected during the competition.
However, Kohfeldt insists that there are other members of his squad who can advance in the 22-year-old’s absence.
“We still have one or the other in the squad who can score,” emphasized the 39-year-old coach. ‘Together with Wout [Weghorst] We’ll have a very good mix. It is crucial to create the situations in the box. “
Should the Germans come back into the line of fire and defeat the group leader by a margin of three or more goals and the other group game in Austria ends in a draw, they would rise remarkably from fourth to group victory.
They meet Wolfsburg, with the Germans having to endure a hot series of five games without a win
The Germans will do without star striker Lukas Nmecha in the crunch duel tonight
Sevilla will be on their way to slam the door to Wolfsburg and secure a place in qualifying.
Put simply, the Spaniard’s trip to Austria is a stroke of fate. Julen Lopetegui’s team were titans of the Europa League, but kept falling behind on the big stage, but without European heavyweights in this group, they are still on the verge of elimination from the Champions League.
A draw with six points will not be enough for Seville to beat Salzburg (7) and Wolfsburg (8) in the first two places.
Julen Lopeteguis Sevilla is in third place and is in a duel with Salzburg in Austria
Lopetegui will not be able to use Suso, Marcos Acuna, Erik Lamela, Jesus Navas or Youssef En-Nesyri as all five players are injured. The former Real Madrid coach has called this penalty shootout the “final”.
“We now have a real final ahead of us, in a complicated scenario against a complicated rival,” said Lopetegui after Saturday’s 1-0 win against Villarreal. “We have to rebuild, see what troops we have available and prepare well.”
Lopetegui is right: Salzburg is a complicated side. At first glance, the Austrians are absolutely overrunning their domestic league and are already leading their closest rival with a whopping 12 points.
Salzburg have won two of the last seven games and are experiencing a European crisis
GROUP G BRACKETS
Wolfsburg – Lille – KO 20:00 GMT
RB Salzburg – Seville – KO 8 p.m. GMT
However, they have only won two of the last seven games and have suffered two defeats in Europe against Lille and Wolfsburg. As with Sevilla, a draw may not be enough to advance if Wolfsburg win by a large margin in Germany.
“We will give everything and win,” said Salzburg coach Matthias Jaissle on Tuesday. “We’ll see if we can play against a great European team like Sevilla.
“It’s an all-or-nothing game and we need to pass,” he added. “If someone had told us we could pass in the last game, we would have signed.”
All four teams speak of a good game, but four doesn’t make two. Since Group G is on a knife edge, something has to give way.
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