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The Daily Bee (August 30th, 2019): Reactions to the Champions League draw

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BVB in the “Group of Death”

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Borussia Dortmund got drawn into arguably the toughest group in the Champions League with Barcelona, Inter and Slavia Prague.

Marco Reus seems to be happy that the club will finally be able to play Barcelona:

“A few players from our team were together at breakfast today and we were all of one mind: we’d love to get Barcelona in the draw. Amazing that it turned out that way! Obviously, the group is a very difficult one; we’ll be up against opponents against whom we’ve not played in recent years. The games against Barcelona will certainly be special occasions for us and the fans. We believe in our quality. Our objective is to get through!”

Michael Zorc has some experience winning the Champions League and is looking forward to the challenge:

“We’ve been handed the most difficult group. It conjures up memories of the ‘90s and the clashes we had with Barcelona and Inter Milan back then. Barcelona are among the favourites for the title in the Champions League every single season. Inter Milan have strengthened significantly this summer, including the signings of Romelu Lukaku and possibly also Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United. The group is a challenge for us. We gladly accept it.”

It will be a very tough group but BVB should be able to qualify for the next round. The first game at home against Barcelona will set the tone for the group stage, a win would certainly put Dortmund on the right track.

  • Europa League draw

The Europa League draw will be today at 13.00h CEST and three Bundesliga teams are participating. VfL Wolfsburg is in pot 1 and both Borussia Mönchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt will be in pot2.

There are some big teams in the Europa League this year with Manchester United, Arsenal, Sevilla and AS Roma just to name a few.

Uli Hoeness will not seek re-election in Novemner and will officially step down from his position as president of Bayern Munich. Former Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer will be nominated in November to replace Hoeness and is expected to be voted into the position.

In addition, Oliver Kahn has been presented as a new member of Bayern’s supervisory board, the former goalkeeper will officially become a member on January 2nd. Furthermore, Kahn will replace Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in 2022 as chairman of the board.

Daily Buzz: Tomorrow BVB will travel to the “Stadion An der Alten Försterei” to meet Union Berlin for the first time in a Bundesliga match. What’s your prediction and how should BVB line-up with Thorgan Hazard out?