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Draw in the group stage of the Champions League, Options, Lokomotiv

The draw in the group stage of the Champions League

Alexander Govorov
Alexander Govorov

The locomotive is close to the lightweight group in the Champions League. UEFA Fresh Coefficient Table

The Muscovites helped massively leave the Champions League favorites. Russia has a great chance to prove itself in the main European tournament.


Thanks to Celtic and company

The third qualifying round gave Russian fans a lot of positive emotions. And not everyone knew them right away. Besides the grandiose success of Krasnodar in the match against Porto, other results also affected the prospects of our clubs in the Champions League. The fact is that many of the favorites in their encounters left the tournament unexpectedly, although most of them are used to seeing them in the group stage on a continuous basis.

Judge for yourself. In fact, Porto himself will not play in the group for the first time in nearly 10 years. Add here Basel, Kiev Dynamo, Celtic and Copenhagen. All this together gave our other team, Moscow Lokomotiv, a great chance to win much easier opponents in the group stage of the Champions League.

Step away from success

By the third qualifying round, Loko's chances of moving from fourth to third seemed low. But after the failures of the favorites, these chances have become more than real. Now the team Yuri Semin just one step from the third bucket in front of the draw. To get there, the Muscovites need one of the top three teams to fly out of the Champions League in the final stages of qualifying.

Three clubs are Ajax, Bruges and Dinamo Zagreb. The Dutch will play with Cypriot APOEL, the Belgians will fight with the Austrian LASK, and the Croats with the Norwegian Rosenborg. And if Ajax looks like a favorite in their confrontation, then the rest of the team's chances look roughly equal. And after yesterday's results, we understand that the favorite's status is far from confirmed this season.

Who are "Krasnodar" and "Zenith"?

Let's start with the current champions of Russia. The club from St. Petersburg should be in the first basket during the draw for the group stage of the Champions League and with a high degree of probability will get simpler opponents. At least on paper. Don't the Russian fans know what these "simple" groups mean to us? “

Krasnodar has not hit the main round of the main club tournament in Europe yet. But if the club from Krasnodar passes Olympiacos, then it is guaranteed to fall into the third basket. The Greeks will stay there in the event of a successful outcome for them. Thus, there is a chance that none of the Russian teams will find themselves in the fourth basket in front of the draw, where the weakest clubs are, based on UEFA odds. We also note that we list bucket options, provided teams have a higher rating.

In addition to the sporting successes, entering the group stage of the Champions League raises the financial status of the clubs. A significant amount (specific numbers can be calculated after the end of the next round) is distributed among the 32 teams participating in the group stage based on their UEFA rankings over the past 10 years. The matches of the last qualifying round will be held on 20/21 August and 27/28 August.

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