Monaco (AP) - After the collective premier class disaster Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has taken before the next Champions League season all German teams in the duty.

"The Bundesliga has to make an effort this year," said the CEO of FC Bayern Munich in a survey by the German Press Agency. "We have to let our muscles work again. It's also about starting places, so we have to be careful not to lose any space, that would be fatal, "said Rummenigge before the draw for the group stage on Thursday (18.00) in Monaco.

The Bavarians are automatically placed in the pot of the best eight teams at the ceremony in the Grimaldi Forum as German football champions. Borussia Dortmund are ranked by the UEFA in pot two, Bayer Leverkusen in pot three and RB Leipzig in pot four. Direct German duels are not possible in the group stage. Last season, Bayern (against Liverpool), Dortmund (Tottenham) and Schalke (Manchester City) were all eliminated in the round of 16 against English teams. 1899 Hoffenheim had not survived the group stage.

"There are always different phases. This year, it went well for the English. Let's see how things continue, "said BVB Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke. «I believe that German football does not have to hide.»

As a model for the German European Cup starter was praised by many Bundesliga protagonists Eintracht Frankfurt for his triumphal procession to the semifinals of the Europa League. "Eintracht Frankfurt has demonstrated in the past season that you can come with quality, seriousness and much euphoria in the Europa League," said Hertha Sport Board Michael Preetz.

In the five-year classification relevant to the grid positions, the Bundesliga was fourth, despite the poor record, to extend its lead over Fifth France and reduce the gap to third-placed Italy. The first four leagues (currently England, Spain, Italy, Germany) have four starting places in the Champions League for sure.

In the Europa League Borussia Mönchengladbach and VfL Wolfsburg are in the running for the Bundesliga next season. Frankfurt have to catch up in the play-off second leg on Thursday, a 0-1 deficit against Racing Strasbourg to start again in the group stage. "First and foremost, I have expectations of our own team that it will again come with so much heart, will and commitment. That was already exemplary in the past season, "said Sport Board Fredi Bobic. The group draw for the Europa League will take place on Friday (13.00 clock) also in Monaco.

UEFA information on the Champions League

Information about the Champions League draw

UEFA information about the Europa League

Information about the Europa League draw