Madrid, Oct 5 (EFE).- Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat against Bruges exposes Atlético de Madrid once again to a more than compromised situation in the Champions League group stage, needing at least seven points of the nine that remain to play so as not to depend on anyone else to reach the round of 16 at least as second in their quartet.
Apart from the three victories to which the players of the rojiblanco team appealed as a guarantee to advance to the next round of the competition, the figure of seven points would also be valid to redirect the pass to the knockout rounds, although with a requirement in the case of add two wins and a draw in the three remaining days: at least one of the wins must be against Bayer Leverkusen, also by more than two goals or 2-0 to win or balance the particular difference in the case of a hypothetical tied on points, after the 2-0 defeat at the Bay Arena in the German city. If not, it would depend on other results.
With that exception, the seven and nine points, without the margin of defeat in either case, would propel them to the round of 16 regardless of outside markers. Neither Bruges nor Leverkusen nor Porto, with whom he will close the group stage just like a year ago in Do Dragao.
There are even combinations with fewer points that also classify him, but always subject to the scores of the German and Portuguese teams, especially in his direct duels with them and in which he will face Germans and Portuguese next Wednesday on the ground of the first .
“The group is getting tighter and we all have to push. Bruges have nine points, we have three and we have to win the three remaining games if we want to be in the round of 16”, Koke Resurrection explained in statements to ‘Movistar’, after the 2-0 in Bruges, just like Jan Oblak did: “There are three games left and we have to win them. I believe in the team and in the group and I’m sure we’re going to win all three games”.
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