Attractive posters for Paris and Lille, an affordable hen for Lyon, a scary death group and a few crumbs for the hipsters. The balls were shot Wednesday in Monaco, and the draw of the Champions League version 2019-2020 has returned its verdict with a very rich menu. Here's what to remember.
The group of death: group F
You always need one and, this year, it is quite gratine: welcome to the group F, that of Barcelona, Dortmund, Inter and Slavia Prague. A three-way battle that promises to be fierce and the opportunity for fans to have fun in Prague, where the misstep will be banned for the trio of cadors. Something else ? Yes, an opposition of style between Barça de Valverde and Borussia of the succulent Favre, not to mention the return of Antonio Conte in the big leagues. How not to feast?
The group of the hype: the group H
Make room for the little brother of the death group, the one who rarely disappoints on the field. On the menu for the hipsters: a group H with Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia and Lille. No serious suitor for the final victory – hello Ajacides – but exciting posters and a possible homogeneity, a priori. What else ? The small pressure on the shoulders of Frank Lampard for his return to C1 with Chelsea, on the bench this time, after the coronation of Blues in Europa League last spring. Above all, we will live the deflowering of Christophe Galtier in the Champions League after a decade spent in the head coach costume. Royal Galette.
The group we do not want to see: Group G
Lyon and the sexy groups, that's two. Once again, Jean-Michel Aulas' club had the right to a very lenient draw: the Zenith Saint-Petersburg, Benfica and the RB Leipzig. No dream poster to put in the tooth for the regulars of Groupama Stadium. Result: a fairly homogeneous pool and the possibility for OL to meet again in the round of 16. Or to wallow lamentably.
The embarrassing moment of the ceremony
The very modern Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, a very solemn ceremony, dozens of men in their impeccable costumes and … Eric Cantona. From the first minutes, the legend of Manchester United came in a quickdraw worthy of a candidate of Love is in the meadow to receive the UEFA President's Award from Aleksander Čeferin. To celebrate, the successor of David Beckham has released a speech that only he has the secret: " Soon, science will not only be able to slow the aging of cells, it will repair them and we will become eternal. Only accidents, crimes, wars will kill us, but unfortunately crimes and wars will multiply. I like football. Thank you. Thank you for having sealed the mood, Canto.
– Canape FC (@ CanapeFC2) August 29, 2019
The reunion that makes medium pleasure
It seems that the powerful want a closed league. It must be said that it already exists, a little, this formula of the Champions League often offering us posters seen and reviewed in the pool phase between two intriguing treats. Result, nostalgic for the 2018-2019 edition will be able to get back in the bath as the reunion will be numerous: Manchester City-Shakhtar Donetsk; Liverpool-Naples; Juventus-Atlético; Barca-Inter. Rather cool on paper, but terribly redundant.
The poster that will surprise you: Manchester City-Atalanta Bergamo
For a successful Champions League, you always need a surprise team throwing a thrill at everything. And if after Ajax Amsterdam, it was the turn of the Atalanta Bergamo to feast his world? One thing is certain: if the double confrontation betweenDeaand Manchester City is not a shock, it should be worth seeing. "I took a lot of Trapattoni, Lippi and Guardiola, who is number 1 overall and who invited me to Barcelona the day after I was ousted from Inter. A big gesture on his part", Said the coach of Atalanta, Gian Piero Gasperini, in 2017. Pep Guardiola's colts face Gasperini's protégés, football can only win.
El Bato's opinion on French clubs
El Bato's opinion: "This is a very interesting draw for our representatives from France! Well, it is true that the PSG will find Real Madrid, it should remind bad memories to the fans, but frankly it must pass quiet, even if it will be wary of moving to Turkey, there are always boiling ambiances there … I want to say that Lyon inherits a very good draw, we could not dream better than the Zenith as team hat 1! On the other hand, the RB Leipzig seems to me dangerous, in addition they recruited Christopher Nkunku this summer … For Lille, there is no problem to be made. As they say, it's just a bonus, they have nothing to lose in such a group, but everything to gain! In any case, we will follow all that closely, it is important for the UEFA coefficient of France."
The draw summary
By Clément Gavard