For Monaco, the play-offs are still a long way off: the Rocher club must first win its third qualifying round for the C1 by disposing of the tough PSV Eindhoven (return match Tuesday August 9).
In the event of qualification for the play-offs, the last stage before the Champions League group stage, AS Monaco will face Glasgow Rangers or Union Saint-Gilloise, on August 16-17 and 23-24, with a match return home.
The Belgian club, author of a surprise season last year, and the Rangers, finalists of the last Europa League, are indeed also opposed to win a ticket to the dams.
The Monegasques, recent 3rd in L1, were cruelly eliminated during this final preliminary round last season, after extra time against the Ukrainians of Shakhtar Donetsk.
Qualifications for the C1 are divided into two separate tables: the "champions path" made up of the champion clubs of second-tier nations and the "League path", which includes teams from major nations that have finished second or third in their respective championship, such as Monaco or Benfica.
Benfica, opposed to the Danes of Midtjylland in the 3rd round, could find Dynamo kyiv or the Austrians of Sturm Graz during the play-offs.
The champions of Denmark and Turkey (Copenhagen and Trabzonspor), the only national champions to enter the competition during this final preliminary round, have the misfortune to fall against each other during this draw.
- Nice escapes the "Yellow Submarine" -
Another French club involved in these preliminary phases of UEFA competitions, Nice can breathe. In the Europa League Conference play-offs, on August 18 and 25, the Gym had indeed a one in four chance of inheriting Villarreal, semi-finalist of the last C1.
But the draw was rather lenient for Lucien Favre's men: they will face Maccabi Tel-Aviv or Aris Salonika at the end of August to obtain their ticket for the third European Cup, launched last season by UEFA. . With a return match at home, like Monaco.
Nice is directly qualified for these C4 play-offs thanks to its 5th place in Ligue 1 last year. The Israelis and the Greeks are opposed to the 3rd qualifying round.
The Aiglons are one step away from returning to European competition after their participation in the Europa League during the 2020-2021 season. They then finished last in Group C, with only one victory and five defeats.
UEFA also revealed the draw for the Europa League play-offs, scheduled for August 18 and 25, including a duel between Belgians La Gantoise and Cypriots Omonia Nicosia. But no renowned club was involved in this round.