The draw for this season’s Europa League group stage campaign has taken place, with the 5 participants from across the United Kingdom having learned their respective fates.
European competitions take shape
On the back of the Champions League equivalent being held in Monaco yesterday evening, UEFA this afternoon followed suit with the draw for the first round of clashes in European club football’s 2nd-tier competition.
The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Roma and other heavyweights from across the continent are set to compete for this season’s Europa League crown, with a place in next year’s Champions League group stage up for grabs.
Chelsea are of course the current holders of the EL, having put London rivals Arsenal to the sword in last season’s finale in May.
United pleased/Arsenal should advance
The most talked about club in today’s draw, meanwhile, were no doubt Manchester United.
And the Red Devils have been handed what, on paper, looks an altogether-winnable group, featuring Astana, Partizan Belgrade and AZ Alkmaar:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 30, 2019
Arsenal, meanwhile, are also no doubt content with their group stage draw, albeit with last season’s semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt to contend with:
See you in the @EuropaLeague group stage 👋
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 30, 2019
Elsewhere, Wolves face a tough task in getting the better of Besiktas and Braga, while Scottish outfits Celtic and Rangers, in particular Steven Gerrard’s men, will no doubt consider themselves hard done-by:
The 2019/20 #UEL group stage draw! 👊
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) August 30, 2019