In the women’s category, UEFA confirmed that the finalists are the English Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyonnais, now at Manchester City), the Danish Pernille Harder (VfL Wolfsburg, now at Chelsea) and the French Wendie Renard.
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For the first time this year, UEFA will award the coaches who had the most impact during the season and the finalists in the men’s category will be three Germans: Hans-Dieter Flick (Bayern Munich) -winner of the Champions League-, Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool) and Julian Nagelsmann (Leipzig).
The Spanish FC Barcelona coach Lluís Cortés is among the three candidates for the award for best female coach, along with German Stephan Lerch (Wolfsburg) and Frenchman Jean-Luc Vasseur (Olympique Lyonnais), winner of the Champions League.
The candidates for best player and best coach were selected by a jury made up of 80 coaches from the clubs that participated in the group stages of the Champions League and the Europa League, together with 55 journalists from each UEFA member association, selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group.
The jury to select the player of the year and the women’s soccer coach was made up of the coaches of the eight clubs that participated in the final phase of the women’s “Champions”, along with the coaches of the 12 best-ranked teams in the latest ranking of UEFA coefficients, plus 20 specialized journalists.
“I’m a little disappointed because in the first half, we played very well. But we must not forget that Rennes is a Champions League team. In the second half, we were too passive, regretted Niko Kovac, the coach of Monaco, beaten Saturday in Rennes (2-1). If you just move from right to left and left to right, you inevitably back down and put less pressure on the opponent. We missed two chances to seal the game with a 2nd goal. It’s part of football to lose at the last second. It was very tight, it is played on details. We did not sufficiently close the left side of Rennes, we knew that the danger would come from there. We made two mistakes (defensive) and we paid them cash, in Ligue 1 we can’t afford two mistakes. It’s like that, we raise our heads, right away, and we prepare for the next match against Strasbourg. “
A window on the world – Lionel Scaloni, the coach of the Argentine national team, announced his country’s squad to face Ecuador and Bolivia, in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup Qatar, from South America.
The list included in the goalkeeper: Emiliano Martinez –
Juan Musso – Augustine Marquezine
Defensive line: Juan Foyth – Renzo Sarabia – German Petzilla – Leonardo Balerdy – Nicholas Otamendi – Nihin Perez – Walter Kahneman –
Nicholas Taglievico – Marcos Acuña
Midfielders: Medina – Paredes – Rodriguez – Rodrigo de Paul – Palacios – Le Celso – Dominguez
And the attack: Lionel Messi – Paulo Dybala – Ocampos – Gonzalez – Maliklester – Alejandro Gomez – Joaquin Correa – Alario – Lautaro Martinez – Giovanni Simeone – Pavon
The merengue team is in Pot 1 for being the league champion and the Sevilla players for being winners of the Europa League. In that same group is also Bayern Munich, winner of the Champions League, Liverpool, Juventus, PSG, Zenit and Porto. In short, all the winners of their respective leagues.
Pot 2 includes Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and Ajax.
On the other hand, the clubs that will be formed in Pot 3 and 4 have yet to be defined, which will depend a lot on their results in the qualifying rounds. Leipzig, Inter, Lazio, Atalanta, Lokomotiv Moscow, Olympique Marseille, Bruges, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir and Rennes are the squads that will look for the ticket.
What will be the draw for the group stage of the Champions League 20-21. The balls of the Real Madrid and Sevilla will enter Pot 1 of the draw that will take place next Thursday, October 1 in Nyon, Switzerland, while those of FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid will do so in 2, as confirmed by UEFA.
Along with the team of Zinedine Zidane, who signed up for the last league edition, and that of Julen Lopetegui, winner of the Europa League, the defender of the title, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint Germain, Zenit appear in Cup 1 Saint Petersburg and Porto.
In number 2 they appear, apart from Barça and Atlético, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea y Ajax.
For the 3rd or 4th, depending on the teams that make it through the qualifying rounds, RB Leipzig, Inter, Lazio, Atalanta, Lokomotiv Moscow, Olympique Marseille, Bruges, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir and Rennes remain.
The last six teams will be known on September 30, once the second leg of the playoffs have been played.
The draw, in which teams from the same country cannot be included in a group as usual, will take place on 1 October at UEFA headquarters in Nyon. The competition will begin on October 20 and the group stage will conclude on December 9.
During the event, the winners of the awards for the best players, coaches, goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward of both the women’s and men’s Champions League last season will also be known, in which the winners were Lyon and Bayern Munich. EFE
So are the drums
Real Madrid, Seville, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint Germain, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Porto.
Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea y Ajax.
Drums 3 or 4
RB Leipzig, Inter, Lazio, Atalanta, Lokomotiv Moscow, Olympique Marseille, Bruges, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir and Rennes
Everyone was waiting for Benfica, but PAOK fell. But is it worth rubbing your hands already?
As if someone ironic decided to check Krasnodar for soundness of mind and strength of memory. Or, perhaps, check us, who are worried about Krasnodar.
Have you noticed how slyly the draw was used in the Champions League qualification? In a pair where the rival of our club was selected, he brought together the representatives of Portugal and Greece – the very countries that were on the Krasnodar route a year ago. Yes, the names are different – Porto and Olympiacos then, Benfica and SO OK now – but the national specifics are exactly the same. As well as stereotypes about strength and convenience. They say, the Portuguese are stronger, it will be difficult with them, but the Greeks are simpler, there are more chances. And so it seems like now, when instead of Benfica, as expected, we got PAOK, we can start to quietly rejoice. But have you really forgotten how everything turned out a year ago?
Then we were also happy. We passed Porto and considered themselves already in the League. Like, what is Olympiacos after three goals at Porto. And ran into Greek counterattacks. With which we were simply destroyed in Piraeus.
The initial disposition of the opponents in the next round can be assumed without much risk of making a mistake: Krasnodar will be with the ball and territory, and PAOK – with the feeling of an arrow in the bow. Moreover, the first match is scheduled for Russia. Is our club ready to avoid last year’s mistakes? Will he be able to confirm once again that the shell does not hit the same crater again?
So far, we can only assess the prerequisites. So, how often do today’s Krasnodar concede after counterattacks? After all, every rival of the black-greens counts on them.
In the six matches of the new Russian championship, the bulls conceded four times. Once – from “Rostov” – after a direct free kick. Three times – from Lokomotiv, Ural, CSKA – in positional defense. There were no goals after the opponent’s counterattacks.
If you rewind the timeline a little bit back and consider, say, the summer matches of the previous season, then the desired copy will be found only in a meeting with Dynamo – then the forward of Muscovites Vyacheslav Grulev opened the scoring just after a rapid race from his half. But even that episode requires reservations. Firstly, a minority, secondly, the absence of the main performers, Safonov and Kayo, and thirdly, a ricochet. And again we will not find other examples. Even in the meeting with Zenit, which scored four times, there were no classic counterattacking actions with a goal result on the part of the champion.
Obviously, this is not just that – it is obvious that Krasnodar is working on suppressing high-speed retaliatory attacks. And it would be strange if it didn’t work with its own style of play. The first task in case of losing the ball in the opponent’s half is to return it immediately. If not, then at least slow down the development of the retaliatory attack to allow the group of defending players to take their positions. Pressure at Murada Musaeva debugged well, therefore, the opponent is usually not allowed to attack freely. Well, in the line of defense, the opening turned out to be very useful Cayo, who now, perhaps, should be considered the fastest of the RPL center-backs. The Brazilian has enough other flaws, but he runs fast, and fights for the ball tough, and this is often enough to prevent counterattacks.
But this is only one side of the matter. The standard task of Krasnodar is not only not to miss a counterattack, but also to open up a multi-layered defense. But with this, things are so-so. For example, in two out of six matches of the new season, against Lokomotiv and Ural, the bulls could not score at all. In two more, against Rostov and CSKA, they scored once. And also twice, against Ufa and Arsenal, they scored more than once. Among the scoring attacks, there were spectacular and just the required genre, but not so many. The most impressive, perhaps, went against the Rostovites.
However, on the whole, Krasnodar’s penetrating power does not seem intimidating yet. Paradoxically, the team looks better in terms of destruction than in terms of creation. Unless, of course, we mean the scenario that suggests itself based on the gaming tastes of the parties.
However, to enter the Champions League group, one must be ready not only tactically, but also mentally. Last year’s Krasnodar, by the way, missed Olympiacos not only in counterattacks, especially at home, but in general left the impression of a team not old enough for such a serious tournament. And the current campaign will first of all check exactly this – the degree of maturity. Although, in principle, such an accent does not change much – you still want to avoid getting into the old funnel again.
Ajax will be in the draw for the group stage of the Champions League in pot 2 on 1 October. The team from Amsterdam owes this favorable starting position to the elimination of Benfica in the third heat of the million ball.
The Portuguese top club lost 2-1 to PAOK in Thessaloniki on Tuesday. Dimitrios Giannoulis was more alert than Jan Vertonghen in the 63rd minute and tapped in the first goal from close by. Fifteen minutes before the end, Andrija Zivkovic made it 2-0. Rafa Silva took care of the connection goal deep in injury time.
In principle Ajax would end up in pot 3, but still had a small chance of making pot 2. For example, Bayern Munich had to reach the final of the Champions League, Internazionale was not allowed to win against Sevilla in the Europa League final and Benfica had to be eliminated in the preliminary round of the million ball.
Bayern did indeed reach the final of the Champions League and even won the prestigious tournament by beating Paris Saint-Germain. Sevilla was too strong for Internazionale in the final battle of the Europa League, partly due to two hits by Luuk de Jong, 3-2, after which Benfica was eliminated on Tuesday.
Because of these results, Ajax will soon avoid a few tough opponents in the group stage. FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea are also in pot 2 and therefore cannot draw against the team from Amsterdam.
Benfica was eliminated by PAOK in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Sevilla and national champions in pot 1
Pot 1 includes Europa League winner Sevilla and the champions of the seven best-ranked countries in the UEFA coefficient rankings: Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Zenit and FC Porto.
The layout of pots 3 and 4 is not yet fully known. At this point, it is only clear that RB Leipzig, Internazionale, Lazio and Atalanta are in pot 3 and Istanbul Basaksehir and Stade Rennes are in pot 4.
The start of the group stage of the Champions League is much later this season due to the corona stop. The first group matches are on October 20. A total of 26 of the participating 32 clubs are now known. The last six clubs will be announced in the coming weeks, when the play-offs are scheduled.
AZ failed to reach the group stage of the Champions League. The Alkmaarders were eliminated on Tuesday-evening in the third preliminary round by a 2-0 loss at Dynamo Kiev and will go to the Europa League.
Pot layout draw group stage CL
Pot 1: Sevilla, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Bayern München, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit, FC Porto
Pot 2: FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Ajax
Pot 3: RB Leipzig, Internazionale, Lazio, Atalanta
Pot 4: Lokomotiv Moskou, Olympique Marseille, Club Brugge, Borussa Mönchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Stade Rennes