Europe's biggest teams are ready to go into competition in the group stage of the Champions League,a starting the week of September 6, with a group that promises sparks, with three former champions of the tournament, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
< p class="content" id="p697540-m913-2-914">How attractive will that zone, C, be, that the fourth in contention and the main candidate to be eliminated, the modest Viktoria Plzen, from the Czech Republic, published a video in which the players follow the draw that was made in Istanbul (Turkey), the venue for the final.
Viktoria Plzen celebrated her group!
As soon as the white ballot with black stars was opened and the piece of paper with the name of Viktoria Plzen appeared, the squad erupted in jubilation. “We hope to see you at Doosan Arena,” published the club's account, citing those of the three rivals.
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But that joy, surely, should not be the same in the other three members of the group, urgent to get a Champions title. Bayern, dominant in the Bundesliga, but in debt last season; Barcelona, which is still in the process of reconstruction with Xavi, and Inter, which fell to pot 3 after its traditional rival, Milan, won Serie A after 11 years.
“It is the group of death, a difficult group, with strong, important teams. It will be nice for the fans, while for the players it will be a great game to play, enjoy, suffer and test with the best”, said Jordi Cruyff, a member of Barcelona's sports management, and played the legendary Johan Cruyff, to the channel Come on.
The Liverpool of Luis Díaz, who comes from losing the final against Real Madrid, had a slightly more benevolent path, with Ajax, Napoli and Rangers. Not to mention the draw for the defending champion, which puts RB Leipzig, Shakthar and Celtic on their way.
Carlo Ancelotti, who received the manager of the year award from the Uefa after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, asked for caution.
“It will be a different Champions because in two months we play all the games. Last year the easiest was the Sheriff's at the Bernabéu and we lost it, so you have to have respect. Playing in Glasgow and Leipzig is not going to be easy”, he declared.
The groups of two eternal candidates, PSG and Manchester City
Two eternal candidates for the title, PSG and Manchester City, have a slightly more complicated path. The first, against Juventus, Benfica and Maccabi Haifa. The second, against Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Copenhagen. However, both clubs, which want to break a long wait to win the title this year, should get through this instance without major inconvenience.
The Eintracht Frankfurt of Santos Borré, Europa League champion, he earned the right to dream of an even group, against Tottenham, Sporting and Olympique de Marseille, in a cross between three Colombians: Rafael Santos Borré, with the German club; Dávinson Sánchez, with the Englishman, and Luis Suárez, who has just arrived in France and will have his first experience in the Champions League.
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It will be two months of pure football, in a tight group stage due to the World Cup of Qatar: the week of November 2, three weeks before the World Cup begins, the 16 qualified for the round of 16 will be known. There is already a group that promises a tough fight.
José Orlando Ascencio
Deputy Sports Editor
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