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Europa League groups G and H are a who is who of previous winners.

UEFA.com confirmed that Europa League group G consists of, Porto, Young Boys, Feyenoord, and Glasgow Rangers.

FC Porto has won the trophy twice before, as have Feyenoord. They will undoubtedly be the favorites to progress out of this group.

It will be hard for either Young Boys or Rangers to stop them.

Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said of the draw:

“It’s quite difficult to put into words right now. Emotions are still running high and I just have to get myself off the ceiling, really.”

“We are going to be facing many more challenges as a group together and nobody wants it more for [the players] than me and these supporters.”

“Those immediate challenges are Porto, Young Boys and Feyenoord.”

He continued:

“It is a fantastic Europa League draw with some really tasty games in there and some nice countries to go and visit.”

“We want to give a good account of ourselves and make our fans proud.”

“We know we are the underdogs in the group but we want to go and surprise a few people.”

“That’s what we will try and do. We will do everything we can to try and get out of the group.”

 

UEFA.com confirmed that Europa League group H consists of, CSKA Moscow, Ludogorets, Espanyol, and Ferencvaros.

This group much like group G has previous winners. Both CSKA and Ferencvaros have lifted this cup before.

As with other groups, there is previous between clubs as recently as the Champions League qualifiers. Ferencvaros got the win over Ludogorets,

Dibusz of Ferencvaros said of the draw:

“I’m sorry that we didn’t draw a real star team but of course I should add that all three opponents are very strong.”

“Having said that, I can see there is no outstanding team in the group.”

He added of Ludogorest:

“They will certainly have the appetite for revenge but we have two good memories of them, which can be a plus for us.”

The Ferencvaros keeper has already figured out how to do his scouting too, Dibuz continued:

“We can follow coverage of Espanyol’s matches week-by-week in the Spanish league, so we know more about them.”

“CSKA have shown several times over the years that they can be a serious opponent for anyone – it’s not by accident that they were first seeds.”

“In this group, a realistic aim is to take points from these opponents of ours.”

Ludoroets are without a permanent coach right now, their interim manager Stanislav Genchev said:

“Our team has the quality to reach the knockout stage: we have the experience and players to do that.”

“I don’t know whether I will be in charge of the team for the games, but I am sure Ludogorets will give its best.”

CSKA Moskva midfielder Nikola Vlasic was in a confident mood and said of the draw:

“We are in a good group.”

“I am looking forward to the matches and happy with the draw.”

At first glance, group G appears pretty cut and dry with Porto and Feyenoord more than likely to fight it out for the top spot.

Group H is somewhat grudged match after grudged match, with Espanyol stuck in the middle. The Spaniards should be the team to beat, but second place is anyones guess.

PORTO, PORTUGAL – FEBRUARY 25: Borussia Dortmund fans during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match against FC Porto at Estadio do Dragao on February 25, 2016 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Bongarts/Getty Images)