Bitter urn for Inter, which in yesterday’s draw saw itself included in Group C, that of “death”, together with Bayern Munich and Barcelona plus Viktoria Plzen in the fourth pot. On the other hand, the conditions for those in the third bracket are always hard, but it is clear that not even the most pessimistic of fans could think of such a complicated group. Let’s go and analyze the Nerazzurri’s opponents.
BAYERN MONACO – Julian Nagelsmann wants to cancel the bad elimination of last year suffered by Villarreal and is aiming at least for the semi-finals of the competition. With the summer market he lost Lewandowski, but he found Mané and De Ligt (in ballot with Hernandez to play with Upamecano), as well as Gravenberch, Mazraoui and Tel. His is an avant-garde football, often deployed in a 4-2- 2-2 very offensive. Impressive firepower in attack: Mané, Müller, Sané, Coman, Gnabry plus Musiala, Tel and Choupo-Moting. The Bavarians are certainly on pole to win the trophy again this year.
TYPICAL TRAINING (4-2-2-2): Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, De Ligt, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Coman; Müller, Mané.
BARCELONA – Xavi’s revolution has been going on for months now and the fruits are beginning to show. Last year the Catalans closed the group in third place, relegating to EL, behind Bayern and Benfica: now, they swear, it will be a whole other story. Pharaonic market: Lewandowski, Kessie, Raphinha, Christensen and Kounde. And now we try for Bernardo Silva of the City. Aubameyang could leave given Depay’s resistance. De Jong and Dembelé, on the other hand, now seem to have unpacked. Still something to record in defense, but overall we are talking about a very high level formation.
TYPICAL TRAINING (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Araujo, Kounde, Christensen, Jordi Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Gavi; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Ansu Fati.
VIKTORIA PLZEN – Six occasions in the last twelve years: Viktoria ousted Prague from the throne of the Czech Republic and great credit in this second part of the winning cycle goes to Michal Bilek. former coach of the home team between 2009 and 2013. His players usually go on the pitch with a cautious attitude, the result of a very tactical 4-2-3-1 and not very inclined to expose themselves. In the summer market he greeted the French Beauguel, top scorer of the last Czech tournament, and in his place Chory (watch out for his 2 meters high) and Kliment, former prodigy boy.
TYPICAL TRAINING (4-2-3-1): Stanek; Holik, Pernica, Jemelka, Havel; Bucha, Kalvach; Kopic, Sykora, Mosquera; Chory.