UCL Tuesday: Desperation for Atleti, Juve

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Tuesday’s eight UEFA Champions League group stage finales have some intriguing match-ups that have been somewhat sapped of special intrigue.

There’s a pair of measuring stick games between giants, with Chelsea hosting Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in Bayern Munich.

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Unfortunately, a bit of the drama has been pulled from both matches. Bayern would have to beat PSG by 3-0 or by four goals if Les Parisiens score (which they usually do) in order claim the group’s seeded space.

And while Chelsea is still playing for the group’s seeded place in the knockout rounds, Atletico Madrid needs a win and an unlikely Roma home loss to Qarabag to climb into Group C’s second place.

Manchester United is through with a point against CSKA Moscow, and still has myriad ways to advance should it lose at Old Trafford. If CSKA beats United, it would take something akin to 7-0 and a Basel win at eliminated Benfica.

Juventus is not yet through to the knockout rounds, and would sink to the Europa League were it to lose or draw at Olympiacos while Sporting CP scored a surprising win at Barcelona (though Barca has precious little at stake).

Full schedule
All matches at 2:45 p.m. ET

Manchester United vs. CSKA Moscow
Roma vs. Qarabag
Benfica vs. Basel
Barcelona vs. Sporting CP
Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid
Celtic vs. Anderlecht
Bayern Munich vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Olympiacos vs. Juventus