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The Daily Bee (August 29th, 2019): Who will BVB get in the Champions League?

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At least BVB won’t have to travel to Madrid...again

UEFA ECF Season Kick Off 2018/19 - Champions League Photo by Valerio Pennicino - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images
  • Champions League draw

The draw for the Champions League group stage will be today at 18.00h CEST. Borussia Dortmund will be in pot 2 with teams like Real Madrid, Atletico, Napoli, Ajax, Tottenham, Benfica and Donetsk. In addition Dortmund won’t be drawn against other German teams.

BVB will probably get at least one heavy weight from pot 1, unless the black and yellows get lucky and draw Zenit St. Petersburg. In pots 3 and 4 are mostly teams that Dortmund should be able to beat but there are still some tricky opponents like Olympique Lyon, Inter, Valencia and Atalanta.

As an example the worst case scenario would probably be something like this: Liverpool, BVB, Lyon, Atalanta.

On the other hand, this group is also possible: Zenit, BVB, Brugge, Slavia Prague

Who do you hope will be drawn in BVB’s group and who would you rather avoid?

BVB are preparing for their match at Union Berlin on Saturday

In addition to Mateu Morey (still rehabbing from his injury) and Thorgan Hazard (rib injury), four more players missed today’s training session. Mario Götze did not practice with the team but was training individually.

Julian Brandt, Axel Witsel and Mahmoud Dahoud did not practice at all. During the press conference today Lucien Favre confirmed that it was planned to rest them. Let’s hope they will be back in time for the Bundesliga match against Union.

Before the Champions League draw today, UEFA will recognize Borussia Dortmund’s work against racism. UEFA’s president Aleksander Ceferin on BVB:

“Borussia Dortmund can justifiably be proud of its outstanding work in fighting right-wing extremist attitudes and actions, and it gives the clear message that racism, intolerance and discrimination have no place in football.”

  • German national team

Three Borussia Dortmund players, Marco Reus, Nico Schulz and Julian Brandt, have been nominated for the German national team for the upcoming matches against the Netherlands and Northern Ireland.

There are not many surprises in Jogi Löw’s team expect for newly nominated Luca Waldschmidt (SC Freiburg) and the quite frankly questionable return of Jonas Hector (1.FC Köln).

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