As the dust settles on the 2020/21 Champions League group stages, the 16 teams progressing onwards to the next round of the competition have been decided.
However, outside of these 16 teams that have progressed, 16 others will no longer take part.
Within these 16 who are eliminated, there are some big teams. One’s that you wouldn’t expect to be eliminated at this stage.
So, what is next for some of the biggest causalities from the Champions League group stage?
Group H: (PSG, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir)
Points: 9 – 3rd place.
For Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, this end result will be far from ideal.
The Red Devils will be left to rue inconsistent performances, beating each team in the group once, whilst also losing to each team once.
The Low point of their campaign will be a disappointing 2-1 away loss to Istanbul Basaksehir. One that saw their defensive performance be heavily slated.
Despite some strong performances, such as victories away at PSG and at home against Leipzig, United can’t really feel hard done by.
Going into Matchday 6, they knew they needed a win away in Leipzig to guarantee a place in the last 16. Despite this they found themselves 3-0 and with a mountain to climb.
Despite fighting back to 3-2, it wasn’t enough and United found themselves eliminated.
However, there is some consolation. This being that United will fall into the Europa League.
The Europa League represents an opportunity for United to keep playing in Europe. Additionally, it gives United a more realistic route to qualify for next years Champions League.
Winning the Europa League would send United into the Champions League, and with qualification as part of the Premier Leagues top 4 looking unlikely this may be their best route.
Group D: (Liverpool, Atalanta, Midtjylland)
Points: 7 – 3rd place.
2019 semi finalists Ajax will be disappointed with their elimination.
It seemed as though it would be straight fight between Ajax and Italian side Atalanta, which it was in the end.
2019 champions, Liverpool, topped the group – leaving one space up for grabs.
Much like with Manchester United, it came down to the last matchday, where the two opponents could both qualify.
Ajax were the hosts, but lost 1-0 to an 85th minute Luis Muriel winner.
As a result, Ajax will drop into the Europa league as a result.
Despite this, they will still see their most likely route to getting back into the Champions league as winning the Dutch Eredivisie – where they’re currently top.
The Dutch side will be disappointed. Two tight 1-0 loses to Liverpool making the difference.
Group B: (Real Madrid, Borussia Monchengladbach, Shakhtar Donetsk)
Points: 6 – 4th place.
It all seemed so strong for Inter.
Potentially the strongest team on paper, and with Real Madrid struggling for form, many saw Inter as favourites to qualify from what was considered the ‘Group of death’.
It took until matchday 5 for Inter to record their only win of the campaign, a 3-2 victory versus Gladbach.
Two 0-0 draws against Shakhtar will also compound the misery for the Italian side.
Currently, Inter find themselves 2nd in Serie A, five points behind leaders and rivals, AC Milan.
A strong league campaign is now required to get Inter back into Europe’s premier competition.
After finishing 4th, they won’t be dropping into the Europa league. Meaning they can focus on the league season ahead.
This poor result will hurt for Inter, as they looked to re-establish themselves in Europe.
They will now have to wait another year before they can attempt to do so.
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