Bernabeu Bites: The Remaining Champions League Groups Take Centre Stage

Tom Dulat

With the other game in the group finally settled after a delay, Madrid has to wait for this afternoon's results to find out what teams it could be meeting in the next round of the Champions League

The BBC provides a match review of the Galatasaray-Juventus game that took place this afternoon after a delay because of weather conditions. While the result did not matter in any practical sense for Madrid, it does leave Galatasaray as group-runners-up. Former Real Madrid player Wesley Sneijder scored the decisive goal (Juventus Turin had only required a draw to go through as runners-up) in the final minutes of the rematch.

Juventus were a very good opponent in the group stages and all three remaining Spanish teams will be happy not to have to risk a trip to the Juventus Arena later in the competition.

As noted yesterday by Carlo Ancelotti, Manchester City is the most difficult second placed team that Madrid could face out of the groups that played yesterday with settled results. The rest of the groups will settle their games in a few hours.

The most difficult result to determine is Group F - with Arsenal, Napoli and Dortmund all potentially able to finish on 12 points. A draw or win for Arsenal would see them top the group. Dortmund would then finish second, provided their injury-ravaged squad manages a win at Marseilles. If Napoli win against Arsenal by less than three goals, Dortmund go into first place and Arsenal into second. If Dortmund win and Napoli manage a win of more than three goals, Dortmund would go into first, Napoli into second.

Another finely poised group sees Chelsea as certain to go through, but first place not yet determined. Depending on the result of the game between Schalke and Basel, Chelsea could potentially be an opponent Madrid meets in the next round.

And finally, there's still some uncertainty over who can finish first or second in "The Group of Champions" - Ajax Amsterdam, Celtic, Barcelona and AC Milan. While the group is most likely to end with Barcelona on top, it is not yet certain if Ajax or Milan will finish second.

Today's bites end on a less serious note. If you've some cash and fancy living in the home of a famous footballer, Gareth Bale has put his house up for sale.

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