The draw for the group stage of the Europa League took place this Friday in Monaco. The two French representatives, Saint-Etienne and Rennes, did not inherit an easy group.
The day after the draw of the Champions League, it was the turn of the Europa League! Two French clubs were concerned: Saint-Etienne and Rennes. And the least we can say is that Stephanois and Rennais will have to evolve to their best level to win one of the first two places in their group.
A group raised for Rennes
Winner of the Coupe de France and author of a beautiful European course last season, with a knockout in the round of 16, the Stade Rennais will have to be level to get out of his hen. The Breton formation has inherited two complicated opponents: the Italians of Lazio Rome and the Scots of Celtic. The Romanian club Cluj completes this pool E.
Less hard for Saint-Etienne, but complicated …
For its part, Saint-Etienne will also have a lot to do with the presence of the Germans from Wolfsburg and the Belgians from La Gantoise in Group I. With a rather unknown Ukrainian Oleksandriya team, ASSE fell into a group all of even less on paper than that of the Rennais. The two Ligue 1 clubs have also avoided the announced cadors of this competition.
Not so easy for Arsenal and Porto
Among the favorites, Arsenal is in a group F raised. The Gunners will face Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege and Guimaraes. It's easier for Sevilla FC (APOEL, Qarabag, Dudelange) and Manchester United (Astana, Partizan Belgrade, Alkmaar). If AS Roma will probably be in first place with Mönchengladbach, FC Porto will not have the easy task against Young Boys, Feyenoord and Glasgow Rangers. See you on September 19th for the first day!
The composition of groups:
Group A: FC Sevilla, APOEL, Qarabag, Dudelange
Group B: Dynamo Kiev, Copenhagen, Malmö, Lugano
Group C: FC Basel, Krasnodar, Getafe, Trabzonspor
Group D: Sporting Portugal, PSV Eindhoven, Rosenborg, LASK Linz
Group E: Lazio Rome, Celtic, RENNES, Cluj
Group F: Arsenal, Frankfurt, Standard Liège, Guimaraes
Group G: FC Porto, Boys Young, Feyenoord, Glasgow Rangers
Group H: CSKA Moscow, Ludogorets, Espanyol Barcelona, Ferencvaros
Group I: Wolfsburg, The Ghent, SAINT ETIENNE, Oleksandriya
Group J: AS Rome, Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Wolfsberger
Group K: Besiktas, Braga, Wolverhampton, Slovan Bratislava
Group L: Manchester United, Astana, Partizan Belgrade, Alkmaar
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