Champions already restless for the weight of memory.
Leo Messi will cross his way with Pep Guardiola, both in front of the PSG oil projects (Qatar) and Manchester City (Abu Dhabi), and with the unknown of whether Christian Ronaldo will also achieve Juventus to join the squadron English of Santpedor coach. Barcelona will have to revive what happened at the Dar Light Stadium in May 2020, where it was massacred by Bayern (2-8). And Real Madrid will only view to the last season, when the Ukrainian Shakhtar made him sweat blood in a group where he also repeats the inter, then last and eliminated. Atlético may be recalled on March 2-3, 2020 with his triumph in Anfield. And Villarreal, his last victory against Manchester United in Europe League. All of them look at Seville, perhaps the best stopping is the Lille, French champion, the serial head of his group.
In the absence of that superliga by which Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus still sigh, the Champions returns to measure the sports, economic and institutional strength of all those projects that feed the mastodontic soccer industry. The Spanish clubs do not access an end of the Champions for three years. They will oppose the difficult redemption in a tournament whose group phase will be played between September 14 and December 8. After qualifiers in which the double value of goals in a rival field will disappear in case of a tie, the competition will have its highlight at the end of May 28, 2022 at the Stadium of the Krestovski Island of St. Petersburg.
The draw held this Thursday in Istanbul marked the path of the 32 teams in Liza, distributed in eight groups. With the signing market still open and some of its stars with possibilities of changing ship (especially Mbappé and Christian), any prediction is fallow.
In Group A, Leo Messi, a new PSG flag of Mauritius Pochettino and waiting for whether Mbappé will configure the trident with Neymar, you can not have more exciting premiere in his first Champions without Barcelona. Opposite will have the Manchester City of Pep Guardiola, the coach who helped him reach the top of the world and with whom he conquered the European Cups of 2009 and 2011. The Leipzig, vitaminated by Red Bull and where Dani Olmo leads the offensive front, And the Belgian witches complete the list.
In Group C, Borussia Dortmund de Haaland will be the main animator next to the Luso Champion, the Sporting de Portugal by Nuno Mendes, Palhinha or the Spanish Pedro Porro. The Ajax Dutch and the Turkish besiktas follow them in the list of aspirants to pass from Ronda.
In Group D, Real Madrid will be rediscovered with two of its rivals in the group stage of last season, Inter and Shakhtar. While the Nerazzurri are the current champions of Serie A, they have lost their two main stars: the striker Romelu Lukaku, transferred to Chelsea, and coach Antonio Conte, who has left his position to Simone Inzaghi. They hold Barella, recent Champion of Eurocopa, and the Argentine striker Lautaro Martínez, despite his attempts at the Premier League for recruiting him. The Dumfries lane, which starred an excellent Eurocopa with the Netherlands, and the Media Department Çalhanoglu, which comes free from Milan, reinforce its aspirations. The Shakhtar Donetsk, by the way, defeated Real Madrid in the last Champions, both in Valdebebas (2-3) and Ukraine (2-0). As an exotic note of the group, the Sheriff Tiraspol of Transnistria, a ghost state since declared its independence from Moldova in 1990.
In group E, Barcelona will reconcise with its Bayern demons, still led by Lewandowski but now with Nagelsmann on the bench. The German technician, by the way, was one of Joan Armapa's candidates to replace Ronald Koeman at the Barça Banquil. He did not hear the proposal. The Benfica by Jorge Jesus, despite having lost the passage in Portugal, encourages a program in which he will touch Kiev again to face the young Dinamo.
In Group F, Villarreal will reissue the Final of Europe League that conquered last May 26 against Manchester United after 21 Failure Penaltis and a final error David de GEA. The Solskjaer Reds count this season with the incorporation of Jadon Sancho (85 million euros) and await the definitive confirmation of the forward Mason Greenwood. The dangers do not end because the Atalanta de Gasperini and his football at the limit of sanity also fell there. There was only one to see the last eurocose to warn the level reached by some of its players, such as the Gosens and Maehle lanes. The Young Boys Swiss is left to soften the bad drink.
In Group G, Sevilla avoided the great dangers of the draw and will have as the main adversary to Lille, last French champion ahead of the PSG. The Portuguese Renato Sanches is still one of the great lungs of a team at which the Canadian striker Jonathan David, one of the great animators of Ligue 1 the pass-year campaign stands out. Salzburg, also sponsored by Red Bull and loaded with young values, completes the stage next to the German Wolfsburg, a quarter-rated quarter of the last Bundesliga.
In Group H, the current Champion of Europe, the Chelsea of Thomas Tuchel, can turn to fly the hope of a new title after the acquisition of Lukaku. The first steps of him will not have too many strains, with a juvenon coming to less and perhaps without Christian (Chiesa, Morata and Dybala are his great hopes), the Zenit of St. Petersburg and the Swedish Malmö.Updated Date: 26 August 2021, 14:29