Europa League: Rooney for Lyon, Lazio for Nice
The Europa League Cup in Monaco, 25 August 2017
Posters in perspective: Lyon inherited a group raised with Wayne Rooney’s Everton, while Nice will have to scrap with Lazio Rome, and Marseille with Salzburg in the group stage of Europa League, drawn by lot Friday in Monaco.
Ironically, OL was in the seed hat but inherited the strongest group among the three French representatives of small Europe.
The semi-finalist of the last edition, whose stadium will host the final of the current May 16, 2018, will compete for the qualification with Rooney and Morgan Schneiderlin Everton, and Atalanta, 4th of the last Italian Championship.
The fourth thief of this group, Apollon Limassol, seems promised to make a figuration, but revives in the Lyonnais the ghost of another Cypriot club, Apoel Nicosia, who had eliminated them on penalties in the 8th Of the Champions League final in 2011-2012 …
“It’s a tough draw but I think in the Europa League, especially when we come from many years after the Champions League, for the supporters, the team’s mind, psychology, it’s better to fall against Everton, Atalanta, these are good teams, good championships and we will also have to go to Limassol, which we did not succeed in the past, “reacted the president of the OL, Jean-Michel Aulas, on beIN Sports.
Les Niçois and Marseillais avoid the two big favorites of the competition, Arsenal and AC Milan.
But Nice (Group K), returned to C3 after his failure in the Champions League play-off against Napoli (0-2, 0-2), will have to return to Italy with Lazio as their main opponent.
– Pogba elected player C3 –
Not obvious: the Roman club won the last Supercup of Italy against the hegemony Juventus on 13 August (3-2). It counts in its ranks of the attackers like Immobile and the former Nantais Djordjevic.
The Gym of Balotelli and Sneijder will also have to be wary of the Belgians of Zulte Waregem and the Dutch of Vitesse Arnhem.
Marseille seem a little better off, with Red Bull Salzburg as their main opponent, without the slightest name but accustomed to C3 games. Attention also, in this homogeneous hen I, to the Portuguese of the Vitoria Guimaraes and to the Turks of Konyaspor.
Frenchman Eric Abidal shoots OGC Nice, in the draw of the Europa League in Monaco, on 25 August 2017
Rudi Garcia’s OM will have to show more efficiency outside that in the two qualifying rounds he has played, with draws in Belgium and Slovenia (4-2, 0-0 against Ostend, 1- 1, 3-0 against Domzale) in order to credibilize his “OM Champions Project” which aims at the eventual participation in the Champions League.
Arsenal and AC Milan, who look like scarecrows, have experienced various fortunes from the drawers, former players Henrik Larsson and Eric Abidal.
The English club, reinforced this summer by Alexandre Lacazette, fell into a difficult group with the Belarusian BATE Borisov, the Germans of Cologne and the Red Star Belgrade.
AC Milan, on the other hand, had a better draw with Austria Vienna, AEK Athens and Croats of Rijeka.
Meanwhile, French midfielder Paul Pogba was crowned the best player of the season in the Europa League last Friday, winning with Manchester United.