A group where a proverbial minnow of Europe is guaranteed to progress, UEFA Champions League group G.
UEFA.com confirmed that Zenit St Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon, and RB Leipzig, make up UEFA Champions League group G.
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Zenit is the powerhouse of Russian football. They have brought in some major talent this summer. But their problem is the competition in their home league does not come close to preparing them for the Champions League.
Benfica is a European force of old. Back in the glory days of Eusebio. Today they are a force in Portugal, but they will produce moments of magic on the field.
Lyon are the closest thing Ligue 1 has to PSG. They have produced some fine players but generally, struggle to hold to them.
They will put up a good fight and this group will be an opportunity for them to match PSG for a round or two in Europe as well as at home.
Lyon coach Sylvinho sees the opportunity, he said:
“It’s an exceptional moment. All these teams are good and deserve to be there. We must take advantage of this competition.”
RB Leipzig will no doubt be the wooden spoon winners of this group.
Julian Nagelsmann, RB Leipzig’s new coach, knows all about Lyon. He faced them last season when he was Hoffenheim’s manager.
Zenit and Lyon have history, with the Russian side running out 5-1 aggregate winners back in 2015/16.
It’s hard to call an outright winner, but one thing for sure, this group will grant an opportunity to a team who usually doesn’t get a sniff at the big money rounds.
Lyon and Benfica will probably play the best football, but St Petersburg will be a tough place to go.