Club Brugge was last season in a difficult Champions League group, with Real Madrid and PSG, cleverly holding its own by ending up for Galatasaray. This time the bar for Blauw-Zwart on the European stage is therefore a lot higher, although those ambitions are likely to get a big bite in advance.
For example, we previously pointed out that the Belgian national champion, who is again directly qualified for the champion ball, may end up in a Pool of Death. Now that 24 of the 32 participants are known and the jars for the draw can be filled gradually, we also know The newspapaer that Club will almost certainly be placed in pot four. Only if almost all heads of the series are knocked out of the tournament in the preliminary rounds, will the people of Bruges still have a chance to advance. A fairly unrealistic scenario, which means that they can prepare themselves in Jan Breydel for a difficult draw in which even the third place is no easy task.
One of those favorites in the qualifying phase is AA Gent, which starts as the head of the third qualifying round, avoiding clappers like, say, Benfica. With possible opponents such as Rennes, Krasnodar, Viktoria Plzen, Rapid Vienna, NK Lokomotiva, PAOK and AZ, which proved too strong for Antwerp last year, the chances of success are not bad. The Buffalos can still lose their favorable status if a handful of teams win the Europa League, and in the play-offs for the group stage may have to pass a stronger opponent. If the people of Ghent bring all this to a successful conclusion, with the Europa League as a safety net, they have a view of pot three.
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