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Champions League: What Do Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City And Tottenham Hotspur Need To Do?

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho taunts Juventus fans after he guided his side to a shock 2-1 win in Turin
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho taunts Juventus fans after he guided his side to a shock 2-1 win in Turin

As the Champions League returns this week, we tried to make sense of the current group standings and the permutations for the Premier League sides involved - Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

City are best placed at present as they are at the top of their group while Manchester United and Liverpool lie second in their respective groups. Tottenham would appear to have the toughest task as they look to progress from Group B despite being in third spot.

Spurs are paying for a stuttering start - they failed to win their first three games. A win over PSV Eindhoven gave them some hope but there's only place up for grabs in a group which also includes Barcelona and Inter Milan. Barca are already through and will secure top spot if they can beat PSV. A draw will see them through providing Inter can get a point (which is all they need to qualify) from their game against Spurs.

So Spurs must beat Inter to have any hope of going through. 

Over in Group C, Liverpool are in second place behind Napoli but all four sides in this group have a chance of qualifying. Liverpool will go through if they can beat PSG and Red Star fail to beat Napoli.

Napoli can progress if they beat Red Star and PSG don't get all three points against Liverpool. If PSG lose and Napoli win, then PSG are out of the competition. A Napoli win against Red Star will knock them out.

Premier League Champions Manchester City are top of Group F and they need just a point against Lyon. But City lost to Lyon at the Etihad earlier in the competition so Pep Guardiola will not be getting carried away.

If Lyon beat City, they will go through as group leaders. A draw in both games would put the Ligue 1 team through because of their superior head-to-head record against Hoffenheim.

A defeat will put Hoffenheim out yet a win will not suffice if Lyon manage to beat City.

Shakhtar Donetsk are out if Lyon win or both games are drawn. If they lose, they'll finish bottom of the group.

A surprise win in Turin last time out means Manchester United still have hope of qualifying from Group H and are desperate for a win against Young Boys at Old Trafford tonight. A win for Jose Mourinho's men and anything other than a win for Valencia will see them through.

Group leaders Juventus need a point against Valencia to be guaranteed progression.

If United fail to win it opens the door again for Valencia. The incentive for Young Boys is a Europa League place and they should get that if they can beat United.

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