The draw for the group stage of the Champions League will give its verdict on Thursday. And Paris Saint-Germain, placed in pot 1, is not safe while Olympique de Marseille, finally in pot 4, can fear a possible group of death.
Olympique de Marseille could fall on Real Madrid.
D-1. In a little over 24 hours, we will know with whom Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille will fight in the group stage of the Champions League, the draw of which will take place this Thursday in Istanbul, future theater of the final, at the end of the afternoon.
Without AS Monaco, Ligue 1 will therefore only have two representatives, respectively placed in hats 1 and 4, and the latter can expect heavyweight.
Hat 2 is scary
Champion of France and therefore placed in the first hat, PSG will obviously be more protected than OM. For example, he will avoid Real Madrid, Manchester City, Milan or Bayern Munich. But a (very) unfavorable scenario could reserve a strong group for the Rouge et Bleu: Liverpool, Chelsea or FC Barcelona via pot 2, Dortmund, Inter Milan or Naples via pot 3 and PSV Eindhoven, if it happens. qualifies, via the last hat.
Apart from PSV, the same fight for Olympique de Marseille, who will also have the chance to face a team from pot 1. A group made up of Real Madrid, defending champion, Liverpool, finalist last year, and Benfica , for the record, would thus offer the phocen club incredible posters at the Vlodrome, but also a good chance of finishing last in the pool. In any case, the training trained by Igor Tudor seems to condemn the feat.
OM pray for Frankfurt
Because all the teams in hat 1, apart from Eintracht Frankfurt and perhaps Porto, are scary. In pot 2, Sville is the winning team, as Lille proved in the group stage last season (0-0, 2-1). For hat 3, it will be RB Salzburg, which OM notably faced in the semi-finals of the Europa League (2-0, 1-2) four years ago, Sporting Portugal or Shakhtar Donetsk, or even the Rangers. provided that the Scots eliminate PSV in the play-offs.
Same thing for PSG, therefore, for whom the best draw would be the following: Sville via pot 2, Salzburg, Shakhtar or Rangers via pot 3, and finally Maccabi Hafa via pot 4. A group that would allow the Parisians to approach the group stage calmly, without too trying matches in anticipation. Because with the World Cup in winter, this first round of C1 will be dispatched in less than two months, from September 6 to November 2.
The composition of the hats:
Hat 1: Real Madrid, Frankfurt, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, PSGPorto, Ajax Amsterdam, ACMilan.
Hat 2: Liverpool, Chelsea, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sville, RB Leipzig, Tottenham.
Hat 3: Borussia Dortmund, Shakhtar Donetsk, RB Salzburg, Inter Milan, Napoli, Benfica, Sporting Portugal, Rangers, or Bayer Leverkusen.
Hat 4: Bayer Leverkusen or PSV Eindhoven, Olympic MarseilleClub Brugge, Celtic, Viktoria Plzen, Maccabi Hafa, Dinamo Zagreb or Bodo/Glimt, Copenhagen or Trabzonspor.
The best draw for PSG:PSG, Sville, Salzburg, Maccabi Hafa
The worst draw for PSG:PSG, Liverpool, Naples, PSV Eindhoven (pending the final result of the play-offs)
The best draw for OM : Frankfurt, Sville, Salzburg, Olympique de Marseille
The worst draw for OM : Real Madrid, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Olympique de Marseille
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