The day after the Champions League, the draw for the Europa League was held this Friday at noon in Istanbul. For this new formula with 32 teams, instead of 48 previously, this C3 has probably raised its level. While waiting for the name of the club that will succeed Villarreal, winners last May against Manchester United, the three French teams, OL, OM and Monaco, now know their opponents.
Protected as top seeds, Lyon and Monaco have had mixed fortunes even if they should be among the two favorites in their respective groups. There is OL, which will meet the Rangers of a certain Steven Gerrard, crowned Scottish champion in the spring. An affordable opponent even if it will be necessary to be wary because this team was still eliminated in the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League. The other two formations of this group A are called Sparta Prague, 2nd in the last Czech championship, and Brondby, reigning Danish champion.
Complicated draw for OM
Monaco will be in a very balanced and not necessarily obvious group B. First there will be PSV Eindhoven, a regular in European games in both C1 and C3. The Dutch club, 2nd in the last Eredivisie, is now led by its nugget Noni Madueke, who made a lot of noise this summer but finally stayed. Finally, it will face the Real Sociedad of Mikel Oyarzabal. The Basque club finished 5th in La Liga in May. The Austrians from Strum Graz are the last thieves. They had already challenged Monaco during the first group stage of C1 in 2000/2001.
For OM, on the other hand, the matter will be delicate. Falling into hat 3, the Phocaeans did not have seeded status, and it showed. Under the gaze of Pablo Longoria, present in Turkey, Marseille was placed in group E along with Lazio, coached by Maurizio Sarri. But that’s not all because it will take a long trip to Russia against Lokomotiv Moscow, then play against Galatasaray, 2nd in the Süper Lig last year. It is quite simply the group of death, even if other groups such as C with Napoli, Leicester, Spartak Moscow and Legia Warsaw, and G where Bayer will meet Celtic, Betis and Ferencvaros, are very also interesting.
The live of the ceremony:
12:18 p.m.: UEFA recalls the draw procedure, which should start in a very short time.
12:15 p.m.: He will be accompanied by former Spanish international Marcos Senna. Villarreal player for ten years, the midfielder won the Euro in 2008.
12:13 p.m.: Triple winner of this Europa League with Valencia in 2004, and Sevilla FC in 2005 and 2006, former Spanish goalkeeper Andrés Palop will participate in the draw.
12:09 p.m.: This ceremony takes the opportunity to reward Gerard Moreno. The Villarreal striker, winner of the competition against Manchester United in the final, was the best player of this 2020/2021 edition. He is ahead of Mancunians Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes.
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) August 27, 2021
12:05 p.m.: OM, OL and Monaco are the three French clubs represented in this competition. If Marseille was placed in pot 3, Lyon and Monaco are in the first pot.
12:02 p.m.: Hello and welcome to our live to follow this Europa League draw.
- Glasgow Rangers
- Sparta Prague
- PSV Eindhoven
- Real Sociedad
- Sturm Graz
- Spartak Moscow
- Legia Warsaw
- Eintracht Frankfurt
- Royal Antwerp
- Lokomotiv Moscow
- Red Star Belgrade
- Ludogorets Razgrad
- Bayer Leverkusen
- Celtic Glasgow
- Betis Sevilla
- Dinamo Zagreb
- West Ham
- Rapid Vienna
The different hats:
Lyon, Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen, Dinamo Zagreb, Lazio, Olympiacos, Monaco, Braga
Celtic Glasgow, Eintracht Frankfurt, Red Star Belgrade, Leicester, Glasgow Rangers, Lokomotiv Moscow, Genk, PSV Eindhoven
Marseille, Ludogorets Razgrad, West Ham, Real Sociedad, Betis Sevilla, Fenerbahçe, Spartak Moscow, Sparta Prague
Rapid Vienna, Galatasaray, Legia Warsaw, Midtjylland, Ferencvaros, Royal Antwerp, Sturm Graz, Bröndby