No Strasbourg on the menu, but a busy schedule for Saint-Etienne and Rennes. If the Greens have fallen into an affordable hen, the Britons were entitled to big chunks. As the day before, the balls were drawn Friday in Monaco, and the draw of the Europa League version 2019-2020 has made its verdict for the two French clubs engaged and all others. Here's what to remember.
Why is it a good draw for Saint-Étienne?
In hat 3 for his reunion with the European Cup after three years of weaning, the Greens were rather well off in the draw. On the program for the Greens: Wolfsburg, La Gantoise and a slightly darker opponent in Ukraine, named Oleksandria. What leave (a) good luck to the club Forez to find the flavors of a knockout match in February. Back on the European scene after a 6e In the league, Wolfsburg does not seem to be the most complicated German team to challenge. For its part, La Gantoise has left bad memories in Lyon, but the obstacle must not be insurmountable for ambitious Greens. If the move in Ukraine is announced, as often, delicate, Etienne supporters will be able to console themselves with nice trips to Germany and Belgium. A hen that looks a lot like the one attended by ASSE in 2016-2017 (Mainz, Qabala, Anderlecht). Sainté had quietly composted his ticket for the sixteenths. We start again?
Why is this a good draw for Rennes?
A year ago to the day, the Rennais pulled the face after the discovery of their C3 pool (Dynamo Kiev, Astana, Jablonec). This time, the Breton club can have banana: the Roazhon Park will be entitled to posters very attractive this autumn. The rivals are called Lazio, Celtic Glasgow and Cluj. A real European Cup group for the Stade Rennais, also placed in hat 3 before the draw, which will once again have the opportunity to afford historic evenings after the thrills against Sevilla and Arsenal last season. No need to wait until the round of 32 to vibrate, the SRFC will have the right to six gala matches. A level too high to pass? This is not a problem, the men of Julien Stephan have already shown several times that they were able to sublimate themselves against the strongest. Lazio and Celtic are regulars in European contests, and are already favorites for this group, while Cluj – who eliminated Bhoys in the playoffs for the C1 this summer – was perhaps the toughest opponent of hat 4. The group of the word? The group of pleasure, yes.
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The reunion: Joshua Guilavogui and Saint-Étienne
We must remember the words of Joshua Guilavogui on sofoot.com last month: " Even at the end of my career, it will be a pride to have gleaned a trophy in my training club. My only regret would be not to have played the European Cup with Saint-Etienne. To console himself, the midfielder can say that he will finally be able to play a European match at Geoffroy-Guichard, but under the jersey of Wolfsburg, his new club. After leaving the Forez in 2013 to return to do a little freelance a few months later, Guilavogui has returned to stability in Germany for almost five years. The 28-year-old won in Wolfsburg, while leaving Greens fans with a great memory. Nice welcome to come in the Cauldron.
The other reunions: Rennes and Celtic
A new great Celtic cousinade in perspective. Decidedly, Stade Rennes and Celtic Glasgow do not leave each other and begin to forge a beautiful little shared history. In 2011, they had already found themselves in the pool phase after a true Mi'kmaq – Celtic had taken the place of Sion, expelled from the C3 at the last minute – for two parties remained in the memories of supporters of both sides. Sportingly, the SRFC has a revenge to take since it conceded the draw at home (1-1), before losing to Celtic Park (1-3). But this double confrontation has left a musical legacy: since then, each pawn marked by Rennes at Roazhon Park is followed by the sound of Depeche Mode, "Just can not get enough». An inspiration from Scotland. Also, both clubs are used to meeting each other from time to time for a summer preparation match (0-0 this summer).
Why Laurent Depoitre can be the pest of the group of Sainté
Everyone remembers Laurent Depoitre's XXL performances against OL in the 2015-2016 edition of the Champions League. Since then, the Belgian striker has tried his luck in Porto and Huddersfield, before returning to the fold this summer. At 30 goals, the Belgian international has not lost anything since he has already scored four goals in five appearances with theBuffalossince the beginning of the season. Not serene defensively in the first three games, the Greens have interest in regaining some strength not to be jerked by Depoitre. Attention danger.
Why Bilel Omrani can be a challenge for the Rennes group
If Stade Rennes will have the pleasure of meeting a former member of the house (Yacouba Sylla), he will have to be wary of Bilel Omrani. The striker trained at OM is hot boiling. While he did not find the net against Slavia Prague (0-1, 0-1) – the club that eliminated Cluj from the race at the C1 – but he had particularly shone in previous matches. How? By slamming a hat-trick against Astana, another goal against Maccabi Tel-Aviv and by knocking Celtic Glasgow in Scotland alone with two caramels and a decisive pass (4-3). The Rennes defense is prevented.
The opinion of El Bato on Sainté and Rennes
El Bato's opinion: "Did you see the Strasbourg match last night? What a scandal, what cheats these Germans! And arbitration, do we talk about it? Well, I still saw the draw for our two dear French clubs, it's not bad at all. I think there is room for Saint-Etienne, I do not see any team far superior to the Greens and in a Molten Cauldron, I do not see how Sainté can not win. What a treat. On the other hand, a trip to Ukraine is not cool. We must hope not to go there in November or December, players will be frozen … For Rennes, it's not the same lemonade. Lazio and Celtic are very strong and we will have to dislodge them to qualify. Have you been to Celtic Park? What a mood, the You'll never walk alone always gives shivers there. Not easy for Britons but they have already made France dream football against Sevilla and Arsenal, so why not? Impossible is not French !"
The draw summary
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By Clément Gavard