With the highest coefficient on the UEFA index of the 32 teams qualified for this 2021-22 edition of the Europa League, Olympique Lyonnais took place in hat 1 during of the group stage draw on Friday in Istanbul (Turkey). Enough to prevent him from having a few big fish. And Peter Bosz’s team took advantage of their headlining status to inherit a Pool A within their reach, which features the Scots Rangers, Czechs from Sparta Prague and Danes from BrÃ¶ndby.
For OL, fourth in Ligue 1 last season and which has recently been strengthened with the recruitment of two confirmed players (Emerson from Chelsea, Xherdan Shaqiri arrival from Liverpool), a victory in C3 will be one of the main objectives of the season, as its president Jean-Michel Aulas had assured at the start of the month.
While PSG and LOSC learned on Thursday what sauce they would be eaten in their Champions League group, Lyon now know what to expect. His double confrontation with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, who managed to re-establish Scottish championships last season after nine years of hegemony from Glasgow rival Celtic, will be the top of this relatively unbalanced group with the two other formations drawn.
In our predictions of the worst and best draws for OL, we notably named Sparta Prague and BrÃ¶ndby as the most affordable opponents in hats 3 and 4. Well the Lyonnais shot the two! However, it is important not to underestimate these training courses.
Eliminated in the third qualifying round of the Champions League by AS Monaco, Sparta Prague is the most successful club in the Czech Republic (12 Championships), although more sacred since the season 2013-14. Finally, BrÃ¶ndby presents himself as the weakest opponent of this group. Defeated twice by Red Bull Salzburg in the C1 play-offs, the Danes are defending champions, but have a limited workforce. From Ibrox Park to the Czech capital via Scandinavia, this group stage in any case promises Lyon fans some nice trips.