Dortmund starts practicing corners for Barcelona, Benfica feels & # 39; curse & # 39; from Bela Guttmann and Slavia Prague bosses can't stop laughing after they end up in Group of Death … social media responds to the Champions League draw
- The draw of the Champions League group stage 2019-2020 took place on Thursday
- Social media responded quickly when clubs shared jokes about their respective draws
- Borussia Dortmund is ready to perfecting the curves before adopting Barcelona
- The Catalan side was caught by Liverpool during their collapse in Anfield
- ] Slavia Prague bosses could not stop laughing because they got the most difficult group AS THE HAPPENING: Summary of how the Champions League draw unfolded in Monaco ]
The draw for 2019-20 Champions League group stage was made Thursday in Monaco and social media were quickly flooded with responses.
The camera turned to the Slavia Prague officials and they were unable to hold back their laughter because they were drawn to what many consider the Group of Death in this year's group stage.
Slavia Prague is considered the weakest team in the group and the laughter did not go unnoticed, with many jokes their bosses had seen the funny side of what was a nightmare.
One of their opponents in Group F, Borussia Dortmund, responded better to the face of Barcelona with the German side feeling that they could exploit a major weakness.
The English twitter account of the club wrote: & # 39; Time to practice our turns. & # 39;
It is a reference to Barcelona & # 39; s semi-final collapse in Anfield last season when Lionel Messi and Co. were caught by Liverpool's quick thinking full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold from a corner.
German clubs are particularly funny on their social media platforms and while Dortmund prepared to perfect their set-piece routines, Bayer Leverkusen released an & # 39; phew & # 39; GIF from Barcelona.
Leverkusen's Twitter account shared the first relief of supporters before it became clear that their route to the knockout phase would see them compete against Cristiano Ronaldo & Juventus and also Atletico Madrid.
For Bayern Munich, their draw was much nicer and their social media showed no fears or disappointments after being drawn alongside the Tottenham 2019 finalists.
The US account of the Bundesliga champions shared a GIF that waved to the account of Spurs and they hope that their purposefully charged performance against Arsenal can continue against the Gunners' north London rivals.
While the German clubs kept things fairly simple in terms of their reaction, the English account of Zenit St. Petersburg went to the history books for the & # 39; curse & # 39; around Benfica.
Zenit was signed in group G alongside Benfica, Lyon and RB Lei pzig and the Russian club wondered if the curse of Bela Guttmann continues to send Benfica to the east.
Guttmann, the Hungarian football coach, is said to have studied the Portuguese giants after leaving the club at the end of the 1962 season.
He reportedly told bosses upon his departure: & # 39; Benfica will never be European champion in a hundred years. & # 39;
Benfica & joke joked that the meaning of the curse could have been translated incorrectly and that the punishment may be another match in Russia after being linked to Zenit.
West Ham confirms signing of Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek from Slavia Prague in loan agreement with purchase option because David Moyes receives a boost for scrap degradation
- Tomas Soucek joined West Ham with a first loan agreement with an option to buy
- The Czech star will be in London Stadium until the end of the season
- Soucek offers experience Midfield while the Hammers are fighting relegation
- Slavia Prague midfielder is on his way to England for medical treatment with West Ham
- The 24-year-old has been enormously impressive for his club so far this season
- Soucek could join the Hammers for £ Move 16.8 million this week as conditions are agreed upon
- Celtic pulled against Slavia Prague in next qualifying round Champions League
- The men of Neil Lennon still have to beat CFR Cluj to face Slavia Prague
- The Czech champions pushed Chelsea into the Europa League quarter-final last year] 11:54 GMT, August 5, 2019 |
If the men of Neil Lennon beat CFR Cluj over two legs in the third qualifying round, they will face Czech champions Slavia Prague next.
Last year's potential clash with the quarter-finalists of the Europa League was one they wanted to avoid on Monday's draw in Nyon.Celtic got one of the most difficult qualifying paths of the Champions League possible
Slavia pushed Chelsea in two close matches last year, when they lost at home 1-0 for a 4-3 defeat at Stamford Bridge, they saw them bend 5-3 in total.
For the time being, the heads of Celtic are focused on Cluj, with whom they are confronted in the first stage in Romania on Wednesday
If Celtic wins Cluj, they will at least have a place in the Europa League. group stage if they are defeated by Slavia.
If last year Ajax semi-finalists overcome PAOK Salonika, they will face either Apoel from Cyprus or Qarabag o f Azerbaijan.Slavia Prague pushed Chelsea all the way into the Europa League district final last season
& # 39; We must leave that behind & # 39 ;: Ernesto Valverde calls on Barcelona to continue the defeat of the lift with a strong Champions League showing against Slavia Prague
- Barcelona suffered 3-1 La Liga loss to End to win seven-game win-run
- Spanish giants will now face Slavia Prague in the Champions League group phase
- Boss Ernesto Valverde called his way to bounce back as quickly as possible
Barca knows victory over Czech champions on Tuesday night be an important step in the knockout phase of the competition.
The in-form La Liga leaders have flown in recent weeks but have been brought back to Earth with a surprise 3-1 loss to Raise.Ernesto Valverde wants his team to bounce back in Champions League against Slavia Prague
Every defeat for the Catalan club brings increased control to manager Valverde and he is eager for an immediate return to winning ways to fend off pressure.
We ran very well, it seems that defeats always look like Come on the worst times, & Valverde told Barca's website
& # 39; But things happen very quickly in football and we have a chance to change things very quickly – let's hope we can do that.
& # 39; It is a very important game. After a defeat there is always criticism, we must leave it behind. & # 39;The Catalan giants slipped to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Rise until the end seven consecutive victories
Barcelona, whose cause will not be helped by the absence of an injured forward Luis Suarez, top of group F and will go to 10 points from four games with victory over Slavia in the Nou Camp.
Depending on the outcome of the Borussia Dortmund meeting with Inter Milan in Germany, that might be enough for everyone, but guaranteeing Barca a place in the last 16.
The Catalan club worked A 2-1 SUC stopped less than two weeks ago in Prague and returned to Spain after a series of great saves, due to goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
Valverde believes Slavia, who is at the bottom of the group with a single point but an 11-point lead in the top of the Czech league, can approach the game with little pressure.
& # 39; We know that tomorrow's points are very important because they give us 10 points, leave Slavia far behind and, depending on what Inter and Dortmund do, I am sure that we are in a very strong position, "said Valverde.
" They are a team that likes to take the initiative.
"In their own league they win with a fairly large margin, they like to attack with many players, that makes them very dangerous.
" They have nothing to lose, they will try to get a result against us tomorrow. & # 39;In the first of their two group phase tires, Barcelona fought a 2-1 win over Slavia Prague
Slavia remains unbeaten in their national competition and on track to comfortably defend their title.
Head coach Jindrich Trpisovsky says that Barcelona cannot afford a second consecutive defeat and expects his team to have a & # 39; baptism by fire & # 39; will undergo & # 39;
& # 39; We will do everything we can to present ourselves in the same way as usual, but there are always two armies on the field and it is also about what the other army allows you to do and what you can do, & # 39; said Trpisovsky, according to his club's website.
& # 39; But we want to stick to the game that we are sed to. It will be the baptism of fire for us on Tuesday and we are determined to do the maximum to play as we played at home.
& # 39; Barcelona will try to cash in on the loss at Levante. It is the Champions League match and the big club can afford to lose twice in a row.
& # 39; They will be careful after the defeat and they will try to do their best for their home crowd. & # 39;
The visitors will miss David Hovorka in the middle after he suffered cruciate ligament damage last week.
& # 39; Messi has just left! Some of them didn't even shake our hands. It was sad & # 39 ;: Slavia Prague hero Ondrej Kolar beats Barcelona stars for cutting them after the Champions League tie
- Barcelona was held by an aimless stalemate by Slavia Prague by Slavia Prague in the Nou Camp
- Slavia Prague was not impressed that their opponents left the field after
- Marc- Andre Ter Stegen was chosen for praise by Ondrej Kolar
Barcelona the stars of Barcelona deviated handshake and shirt exchange with their Slavia Prague opponents on Tuesday evening, goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar has revealed.
Many of the home players rushed away after the game, with Marc -Andre Stegen had chosen praise as one of the few who stayed behind to congratulate the Czech outfit.The players of Slavia Prague celebrate with supporters after the 0-0 draw in Barcelona
& # 39; He waited for me in the tunnel & # 39 ;, said Kolar after the game, quoted by iDNES.cz . "He stopped me and said that he had not seen such a good keep performance for a long time and that it was a pleasure to see me play well with my feet.
" He waited for me after the game , which I consider the ultimate price. To hear so much praise from such a good keeper, I had goosebumps. It was a great experience, but some of the other players.
& # 39; Messi and the others have just left – some of them have not even shaken our hands. It was sad. We were all looking forward to meeting these big players, we wanted to trade jerseys after the game, but they didn't behave so well. & # 39;
Gerard Pique pleads for patience after Barcelona is held at home in the Champions League by Slavia Prague
- Barcelona was held in a Nou-deadlock on Tuesday at the Nou Camp
- Gerard Pique argued for patience after a difficult week for Barca
- La Liga leaders were beaten away at the weekend
The leaders of La Liga were defeated in Levante on the weekend and struggle to impress even though they were on track to defend their title.
& # 39; I would ask for some patience & # 39 ;, said Pique after Tuesday night's game.Gerard Pique has asked for supporters after Barcelona was held at home
"People expect more from us and we understand it because we are Barca.
" But we are in improving, especially at the level of the game rather than the results, because we are ultimately leaders are in the keague and champions league.
& # 39; I remember Luis Enrique's first year when it didn't work out in the first few months and we finally won the highs. & # 39;
West Ham has revealed Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek as their second signing of the January transfer window
The 24-year-old comes to the end of the season with a loan agreement from Slavia Prague with an option to buy for £ 13 million.
He will give David Moyes a boost as he strives to drive the team away from danger, bringing the team into a relegation battle.
Soucek, who scored ten goals this season in 19 games for Slavia Prague, looked nailed to sign for the Hammers after undergoing medical treatment this week , and Moyes admitted that he & # 39; matches the profile of the player I want & # 39; before his arrival.
Soucek becomes the second arrival of the January window after goalkeeper Darren Randolph returned from Middlesbrough to provide cover between the sticks.
West Ham & # 39; s newest addition to the team is a 25-cap Czech Republic international and has & # 39; built up an impressive reputation as an energetic midfielder with both defensive and offensive qualities & # 39 ;, said the club.
& # 39; We are pleased to welcome Tomáš to West Ham United, & # 39; Moyes told the club's website. & # 39; I think he gives us many different qualities, but most of all he fits the profile of the player we want to bring to the Club. He is young and hungry, but with an established pedigree and proven talent.
& # 39; He was the captain of Slavia Prague, he played as a defensive midfielder, but he also scored many goals as an attacking midfielder.
& # 39; Currently he is checking many boxes. We must give him the opportunity and time to settle down, but we are convinced that he will prove to be a strong addition to the team. & # 39;
Slavia Prague midfielder Tomas Soucek has to move for £ 16.8 million to West Ham
Slavia Prague midfielder Tomas Soucek has a medical set with West Ham for a £ 16.8 million move.
Slavia Prague president Jaroslav Tvrdk wrote on his twitter page: & # 39; The club has released medical tests and contract discussions with West Ham United FC.
& # 39; If the two parties reach an agreement and follow a full contract, this would be a record transfer for a player in the Czech League. And Tomas would deserve it! & # 39;
The international international of the Czech Republic was enormously impressive this season for Slavia Prague – he scored eight times in 17 league games and also found the net twice in the Champions League.
Soucek has won two league titles with Slavia Prague and has also won the Czech Cup twice.
The only arrival in West Ham so far this month is the return of goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who rejoined the club from Middlesbrough.
West Ham, who is in 17th place in the Premier League, is eager to improve their team while trying to prevent relegation.
Borussia Dortmund : Burki, Akanji, Hummels, Zagadou, Hakimi ( Balerdi 83), Weigl, Brandt, Guerreiro, Hazard (Piszczek 83), Sancho (Dahoud 87), Reus
Subs not used : Alcacer, Gotze, Schulz, Hitz
Goalscorers : Sancho 10, Brandt 61
Booked : Brandt, Zagadou, Weigl
Sent off : Weigl
Slavia Prague : Kolar, Coufal, Kudela, Takacs (Husbauer 83), Boril, Sevcik, Soucek, Masopust (Traore 72), Stanciu, Olayinka, Skoda (Helal 65)
Subs not used : van Buren, Provod, Frydrych, Kovar
Goalscorers : Soucek 43
Booked : Boril
Referee : Sergei Karasev
Slavia Prague's apology from Romelu Lukaku after Inter Milan accused Czech fans of racist singing during the Champions League group stage meeting
The Belgian striker scored Inter's second goal in their 3-1 win at the Eden Arena, and he claimed that discriminating numbers could be heard during the match.
He told reporters: & # 39; After Lautaro & # 39; s target singing came from the entire stadium, UEFA must intervene, so it is not acceptable. & # 39; have asked Romelu Lukaku to apologize after accusing fans of racist singing "class =" blkBorder img-share "/>
Lautaro Martinez scored twice during Inter & Group 39 victory, but Lukaku did not specify which goal had led to the error.
The Czech club issued a statement today that reads: & We completely reject the allegation of racial choir from the entire stadium.
& # 39; We have re-analyzed the available videos & nothing confirms Lukaku & # 39; s statement.
& # 39; Just as we apologize for the behavior of individuals, it would be appropriate for Lukaku to apologize for his words. & # 39;
According to the Italian outlet Gazzetta UEFA did not consider it appropriate to open an investigation into the Szymon Marciniak case in its race report that recorded racist singing.
Slavia Prague: Kolar, Coufal, Kudela, Frydrych (Takacs 83), Boril, Husbauer (Zeleny 70), Soucek, Sevcik, Stanciu (Traore 58), Masopust, Olayinka;
Van Buren, Skoda, Yusuf Helal, Markovic
Objectives: Soucek (37)
Inter Milan: Handanovic, Goddess, Free, Skriniar, Candreva, Vecino (Esposito 80), Valero (Gagliardini 76), Brozovic, Biraghi (Lazaro (76), Lukaku, Martinez;
Subs not used: Politician, Padelli, D & # 39; Ambrosio, Bastoni
Objectives: Martinez (19, 88), Lukaku (81)
Referee: Szymon Marciniak