Prague, Czech Republic – Czech champions Slavia Prague were drawn in the particularly difficult Group F of the UEFA Champions League, dubbed the “group of death”. It also also includes FC Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan. Tough games ahead then.
“Very exciting few months ahead, people shouldn’t be writing us off!” says Youth Coach Jonathan Davies, interviewed by Kafkadesk. “It will be tough but qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions League must be the aim,” he adds.
The Czech Champions qualified for the Champions League group stage after defeating Romanian side CFR Cluj its the play-offs on Wednesday.
With the possiblity of Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Mauro Icardi, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Mario Götze, and Marco Reus (and possibly Neymar…?) making the trip to the Czech capital over the next few months, Slavia Prague will be expecting a full house at home.
17/09: Inter Milan – Slavia Prague (6:55pm)
02/10: Slavia Prague – Borussia Dortmund (6:55pm)
23/10: Slavia Prague – Barcelona (9pm)
05/11: Barcelona – Slavia Prague (6:55pm)
27/11: Slavia Prague – Inter Milan (9pm)
10/12: Borussia Dortmund – Slavia Prague (9pm)
Check out Slavia Prague’s reaction when they find out their Champions League “group of death” opponents:
In Thursday’s Europa League play-offs, Slovak Champions Slovan Bratislava and Budapest-based Ferencváros also qualified for the group stages while Legia Warsaw were knocked out at the last minute goal by Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers.
BBC Sport reports that Legia Warsaw are expected to be charged after their supporters let off flares at the Rangers’ Ibrox Stadium, causing the game to be temporarily halted. It remains unclear whether the Polish club could also face sanctions after their fans displayed a huge banner of Pope John Paul II but it is likely to be early next week before any decision is conveyed.
Slovan Bratislava, the first and so far only club of the former Czechoslovakia to win a European cup competition, have been drawn in group K alongside Besiktas, Braga and British side Wolverhampton. Hungarian champions Ferencváros will compete in Group K against CSKA Moscow, Ludogorets, Espanyol Barcelona.