Olympique de Marseille kicks off a new Champions League season this Thursday, August 25, 2022. It will begin with the draw of three OM rivals for this long-awaited group stage. Discover the best and worst possible opponents of the Phocaeans.
The entire people of Marseille hold their breath. This Thursday, August 25, the draw for the Champions League group stage will be held for the return of Olympique de Marseille to C1. It will be the first time in ten years that OM will play the UCL in front of their home crowd, without coronavirus ruining the meeting.
To do so, the Phocaeans will have a necessarily high group by almost certainly being placed in Pot 4. We will consider the best and worst of last-second opponents in Ligue 1 with this in mind.
The rest of hat 4 will be known at the end of the play-offs scheduled for Tuesday, August 23 at 8:00 p.m. OM seems willing to leave position 3 and make way for Benfica Lisbon, better valued in the UEFA coefficient.
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In this hat 1, Eintracht Frankfurt is clearly the team to shoot. In the midst of monsters and national champions, we find the German team that won the Europa League. Kevin Trapp’s teammates -who could sign for Manchester United- have not managed to strengthen much during this transfer window.
Facing the OM, the opposition could be balanced with a superb clash of chants in the bays. We remember that Frankfurt finished last season in 5th position in the Bundesliga.
Other possibilities: FC Porto or Ajax Amsterdam
Seville has seemed quite weak to us for a few months. The Andalusian team continues to lack sharpness and lost important profiles this summer. Diego Carlos and Jules Koundé left the club and would only be replaced by young shooters.
On paper, the gap doesn’t seem abysmal with OM. FCS lost to LOSC last season at home (0-1) and they don’t look impregnable. A return of Lucas Ocampos to the Vélodrome, which cannot be denied.
Other possibilities: RB Leipzig or Tottenham
Sporting de Portugal does not necessarily have the profile of a team built for the Champions League, in our opinion. This is also the case with OM, the two formations are very similar.
There are young elements without European experience, old veterans and few offensive stars. This is why he appears as the weakest stable in this hat 3, again on paper.
Let’s see later if a certain Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at his training club to change the situation on the offensive front.
Other possibilities: Shakthar Donetsk or Bayer Leverkusen
Manchester City serves as the scariest team in this 1 hat, in our opinion. In the group stage, the The citizens they are used to crushing everything in their path with at least 12 points scored in the last 6 editions of the Champions League.
During their last participation in 2020, OM faced the English champions for two defeats by the same score: 3-0. Suffice it to say that the mountain seems too high for Marseille.
Other possibilities: Real Madrid or Bayern Munich
FC Barcelona has built a high-flying squad during this summer transfer market. Barça recovered Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Koundé or Franck Kessié. the blaugrana They are ready to make forget the disaster of last season, eliminated in the group stage.
FCB have met French clubs often in their history with only five negative results in a double European clash.
Other possibilities: Liverpool or Chelsea (if there is a club other than Man City in Pot 1)
Eighth runner-up in C1, winner of the Coppa Italia and second in Serie A, Inter Milan look like a scarecrow in hat 3. Accustomed to groups of death, La Botte’s stable would give the OM cold sweats.
With an ambitious transfer window, Inter could revolutionize any European formation. Remember that the nerazzurri beat Liverpool at Anfield last season (0-1).
Other possibilities: Borussia Dortmund or Napoli
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