The second Dortmund venues were paired with Atlético de Madrid, Club Brugge and the Principality team, who played in a tie in April 2017 when their bus was attacked as they were leaving the team’s hotel.
The bomb attack, which injured defender Marc Barta, happened when the bus left the hotel for the first leg of the eliminatory tie between the two parties. The match was postponed until the next day and Dortmund lost the tie. His coach at the time, Thomas Tuchel, now in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, and several players have spoken of the traumatic aftermath of that day.
“It’s a tough game with strong opponents, especially Atlético, who provide a very experienced and well-organized team, and also Monaco that eliminated Manchester City [in 2016-17] and only came out in the semifinals,” said the boss. of the BVB, Lucien. Favre
The general director of the club, Hans-Joachim Watzke, was not very satisfied with the result of Thursday’s draw in Monaco. “I’m not very happy, this is a difficult group, Atlético is a superior team, and those games will be massive.”
The most important selection of Bayern Munich isolated them from most of the big names and, in spite of the presence of the four winners, Ajax and the Portuguese runners-up of Benfica, they should not have problems to escape from group E. The last Team next to the German champion was the AEK Athens.
Niko Kovac’s coaching debut in the competition will arrive on September 19, and the list of matches has yet to be decided. The final will be at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium of the Atletico on June 1.
UEFA Champions League
Domenico Tedesco’s Schalke is rewarded for his second place in the Bundesliga with a group as friendly as he could have expected. The Royal Blues were placed with the best Lokomotiv Moscow seeds, which include the former Schalke captain Benedikt Höwedes, the 2004 winner Porto and the Turkish champion Galatasray.
While trips to Moscow and particularly to Istanbul are discouraging, as third-seeded, Schalke could have expected much worse on his return to the best table in Europe.
Germany’s last representative team, Hoffenheim, has a lot of work to do to escape Group F in their first Champions League campaign: they were eliminated in qualifying last season.
His rising star of a trainer, Julian Nagelsmann, will put his wits against Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City coach widely recognized as one of the best bosses in the world. With the English champions on a different financial plane, the Hoffenheim’s success will probably depend on their results against the Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk and the French side Lyon.
In addition to the four German teams in the draw, all eyes will be on the clash of former Dortmund leaders in Group C, with Tuchel’s PSG tied with Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
The draw for the Champions League has finally arrived and it’s gone. The presenters take so long to overcome the prizes and the trivia that sometimes it seems that the draw will never take place.
But it has! And Dortmund will play in what is a manageable group.
On Thursday night, the BVB was involved in Group A with Atlético de Madrid, AS Monaco and Club Brugge.