Chronicle.This was the Champions League draw
For Real Madrid, the third ball that appeared yesterday spoiled their draw, after welcoming Shakhtar Donetsk as a rival to Pot B. Inter will be the historic shield that they will find in the first phase of the Champions League, a tournament where the Whites have gone from dominating with relentless success (four titles in five years) to being eliminated in the round of 16 in the last two seasons, in ugly defeats to Ajax and City.
To face those crosses with more options, Madrid should end up leading their group, something that is costing them.
Inter, runner-up in the Europa League, has the command of the always competitive Antonio Conte on the bench and on the pitch a good collection of old rockers, such as Alexis Sánchez, Eriksen, Arturo Vidal, Perisic (back after his loan to Bayern ), Ashley Young or the burly battering ram Lukaku.
The morbid will put him in Valdebebas, Achraf Hakimi, the white squad sold this summer for 40 million to the transalpine team.
Mönchengladbach is the 4th guest in Group B.
The Germans and Inter bring memories to Real Madrid of those nights of European comebacks in the 80s. Then Borussia was overtaken, on the continental stage, by the other Borussia, that of Dortmund, returning to the noble positions of the Bundesliga in the last time.
Inter has also circulated in mountain peaks, now trying to regain the focus it had a decade ago with Mourinho at the helm.
Chinese capital is promoting an ambitious project that has even fantasized about signing Leo Messi.
The Italians will not step on the Bernabéu, but Valdebebas, for the works on the La Castellana stadium.
Already on their last visit, September 1998, they played elsewhere, specifically in Mestalla.
Real Madrid was serving a sanction for the famous fall of the goal in the semifinals against Dortmund, the previous season.
He won in Valencia 2-0.
Bayern: The memory of 2016
Müller talks to Lewandowski during a match.POOLREUTERS
Robert Lewandowski, voted best player on the continent, and Manuel Neuer, the most brilliant goalkeeper of the course, still have a wound to heal.
It happened that in just eight months of 2016, Atlético and Bayern became close enemies.
They had not seen each other since that final of the 1974 European Cup, resolved in an unequal tiebreaker in Brussels, where the Germans passed over the rojiblanco club.
And suddenly, that intense year reopened that old rivalry that seemed buried.
Neuer still stings that lethal counterattack between Torres and Griezmann, which ended up qualifying Atlético for the final.
He did it after surviving one of the biggest sieges that have fallen on Oblak.
Comparable, yes, to Anfield, in March.
That night, Lewandowski, the boy with 55 goals in a course, 15 of them in the Champions League, scored.
As in the next match, already in the group stage 16/17, where he sealed the victory by the minimum in the Allianz.
They were two wins for each.
With that unforgettable goal by Saúl, in the first leg of the semifinals, to remember.
Or the claw of Carrasco, also at the Vicente Calderón.
From Guardiola's Bayern to Ancelotti's.
Always with Simeone sitting in the Atlético seat.
Now the champion appears on the rojiblanco path.
Those fearsome guys from Flick, whom Sevilla took to extra time in the recent European Super Cup.
A spirited group in which the former rojiblanco Lucas Hernández lives.
Many of the protagonists know each other by heart.
They have survived time without excessive shocks.
This time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, they will not have the push of two of the loudest and most decisive stands on the continent.
Among them, except for surprise, the leadership of group A will be played. His travel companions are Lokomotiv Moscow, with whom Atlético coincided last year in the group stage, and Salzburg, another team from the Red Bull factory, like that fateful Leipzig that derailed the rojiblancos in Lisbon, just a couple of months ago.
Last year he gave war to Liverpool and Naples, although then they had Haaland.
Krasnodar, Lopetegui's nightmare
Julen Lopetegui, on the Sevilla bench.EFE
It was Didier Drogba, one of his greatest contemporary legends, who unknowingly chose the Chelsea ball.
And then it was the responsibility of Florent Malouda, a historical partner of the Ivorian coast, to send the Londoners to the Sevilla group, seeded as the Europa League champion.
Julen Lopetegui probably twisted his face, as Chelsea were one of the most powerful rivals in the second drum, but nothing compared to the cold sweat that had to run through his body just a few minutes later.
At the third pot, the rival that fell in luck to Sevilla was Krasnodar, not especially terrible, third in the last Russian league, but whose location brings back terrible memories to the Basque coach.
It was precisely in Krasnodar where a little more than two years ago, on June 13, 2018, the Spanish team experienced the greatest crisis that is remembered.
Where, two days after Spain debuted the World Cup in Russia, a newly elected Luis Rubiales chose to dismiss Lopetegui after making it public that he would take over at Real Madrid once the World Cup was over.
A return to the scene of the crime that puts the morbidity in the group of Nervionenses.
The last of Sevilla's rivals will be the Stade Rennais of the wonder boy Eduardo Camavinga, after a draw that is not particularly benign for the Andalusians, but which they should overcome without major problems.
His most dangerous opponent, of course, will be Chelsea, by far the team that has invested the most money this summer in transfers to try to reduce the gap that separates him from Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League.
Frank Lampard's team, third in the last edition of the English league, is already close to 250 million euros of investment in Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, as well as Thiago Silva, free.
A great challenge for Sevilla's return to the Champions League.
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