This article looks back on Thursday’s draw for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League as well as Friday’s draw of the UEFA Europa League groups. It focuses specifically on the sections in which German teams are involved and looks at their chances for progression.
In the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund faces Atletico Madrid, AS Monaco as well as Belgian side Club Bruges in a colorful and by no means easy Group A. Yet, the “Black-and Yellows” should be able to advance from it to the Round of 16.
In Group D, Dortmund’s local rivals Schalke 04 will take on FC Porto, Galatasaray Istanbul and Russian champions Locomotive Moscow. There definitely are potential banana skins here too, but the Royal Blues should also be able to prevail, perhaps even as group winners.
In Group E of the world’s greatest club competition, Bayern Munich plays three teams that qualified just this week for the UCL. Yet, underestimating Benfica Lisbon, Ajax Amsterdam or AEK Athens would still be foolish for the Bavarians, who have high hopes of winning their sixth ever European crown in June.
Last, but not necessarily least among the Bundesliga-based teams in the Champions League is TSG Hoffenheim. In Group F, they probably face the most difficult opposition compared to their compatriots. That includes Manchester City, Shachtar Donezk and Olympique Lyon.
Yet, even ”Hoffe “ has reason to hope for the next round.(No pun intended.)
The Europa League draw included three more German teams, and it was not as kind to them, as the UCL draw arguably had been to the Bundesliga sides mentioned above.
While in Group A of that competition Bayer Leverkusen had a relatively easy draw with Ludogorez Rasgrad of Bulgaria, FC Zurich and AEK Larnaka from Cyprus. The other two Bundesliga teams were not so lucky.
In Group B, RB Leipzig faces its Austrian sister club Red Bull Salzburg, as well as Celtic Glasgow and Rosenborg Trondheim.
Finally in Group H, Eintracht Frankfurt has the most difficult section of the Bundesliga trio. with Lazio Rome, Olympique Marseille and Cypriot representatives Apollon Limassol.
Good luck to the German teams!