Canada Reactions to the Champions League draw
Champions League winners Bayern, Lyon head UEFA awards lists
NYON, Switzerland — Champions League winner Bayern Munich dominated the shortlists announced Wednesday for UEFA’s 2019-20 season awards in European soccer. Bayern forward Robert Lewandowksi, who scored a career-best 55 goals for his club last season, and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer were nominated for men’s player of the year in Europe after a dominant season with the treble-winning German team. The third nominee was Kevin de Bruyne, who won the players' vote in England and starred as Manchester City reached the Champions League quarterfinals and finished second in the Premier League to Liverpool.
Marco Rose (Borussia Mönchengladbach coach): «I think our group sounds like the Champions League. Borussia competed against Real and Inter in the glorious old days. We are looking forward to it and yet it is now important that we focus on the upcoming tasks, that is, on Cologne over the weekend. "
Max Eberl (Sports Director Borussia Mönchengladbach): “It's an awesome lot. We're in the Champions League, so you can't expect to get windfalls. We look forward to the group. Real and Inter are big names in European football. Since I've been in Gladbach, we've been buzzing around with the name Boninsegna and the 7-1 win against Inter in 1971. There have been historic games against Real Madrid. That is a lot of history that meets us. Shakhtar is a regular international participant. This is the Champions League that is waiting for us. We are there to survive in this group. We will try to hibernate in Europe at best. "
Messi vs Ronaldo and the winners and losers of the Champions League group stage draw .
The two best players in the world will go head to head for the first time in the Champions League group stage in the standout tie of the seasonElsewhere, holders Bayern Munich won't have it easy in a group containing Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid face some potentially tricky opposition in the form of Inter and Manchester United are cursing a nightmare draw.