How Barcelona’s Champions League group-stage success will affect their Champions League hopes

Barcelona have won all but one of their group-stages in Europe’s premier club competition, which has seen the Catalans climb to fourth place in the table and secure qualification for next season’s Champions league.

Barcelona’s Champions Champions League win over Olympiacos on Thursday night was the club’s first Champions League victory in five years, following the club reaching the quarter-finals in 2013.

Ancelotti had called the win “one of the greatest moments” in his three-year tenure as Barca manager, but Barca will need to improve on that result if they are to qualify for next year’s Champions group stage.

Barça were knocked out of the group stages in the 2014-15 season by Real Madrid in the quarter final, before going on to defeat Barcelona 1-0 at the Camp Nou last month.

In the opening leg of the knockout stages, Barcelona had a 4-0 advantage over Olympiakos, who had a 1-1 draw with Spartak Moscow in the last-16.

Barca have now lost all three of their Champions Leagues and will now travel to Moscow to face Olympiakou in the semi-finals.

Barbolaz de la Calle de la Coruña beat Olympiakous 1-3 on aggregate in their first match of the tournament on Thursday.