PSG, Brugges and Galatasaray, First Rivals in the Group Stage

PSG, Brugges and Galatasaray, First Rivals in the Group Stage

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Monaco held the UEFA ceremony and the draw of the group stage in the next Champions League 2019/20. Real Madrid will play in the Group A together with PSG, Brugges and Galatasaray, so Los Blancos cannot feel sad with the draw. Besides, Virgil Van Dijk was awarded as the best player of the last season, whereas Messi won the best forward.

Real Madrid will play the first game of this group stage in Paris against PSG on the 18th of September, in the toughest clash in this round. Their last game will be in Belgium against Brugge. In between, Los Blancos will travel to Turkey on the 22nd of October, whereas Mbappé will visit the Bernabéu stadium on the 26th of November.

Los Blancos will face again the tough Parisian team. Last time they played against each other was two seasons ago in the Last 16 round, when Real Madrid beat PSG despite not being favourites. Under Benítez management, Los Blancos and the French team were also drawn in the same group, and that time Real Madrid won at Bernabéu and drew in the Parc des Princes.

In normal conditions, Zidane’s men won’t have any trouble to go through the knockout stages because Galatasaray or Brugges have less level. The Turkish champion has started quite bad their league, although they have some good players like Steven Nzonzi, Emre Mor, Sophiane Feghouli and they are in talks to sign Radamel Falcao.

Club Brugge should be the weakest team in the group, although they will fight to get the third spot and go directly to the Europa League knockout stage. The Belgian champion has some famous players in their squad like former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, or Federico Ricca, who played in La Liga with Malaga.

Anyway, Los Blancos can be happy with the draw, especially thinking that the Spanish teams had worse luck. Barcelona will face Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Slavia Praga, whereas Atlético de Madrid will play again against Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow. Valencia should struggle with Chelsea, Ajax and Lille.