Real’s possible rivals already know their way


While the big clubs are focused on the market, and their players are enjoying the holidays, the 2022-2023 season is already underway. Since the competition schedule for an atypical season, for the World Cup, is closed, the next thing is for the adventure of European qualifiers to begin.

Real Sociedad have directly qualified for the group stage, as LaLiga clubs no longer have to go through any previous stages in either the Champions League or Europa League, although Villarreal will have to do so in the Conference League. La Real will know their group in the draw on Aug. 26, but until then, the many previews that fill the summer calendar each year will be played out.

This week the first two previews have been released, in addition to the preliminary, of the Champions League. These rounds of a competition not played by Real are very important for the European interests of the San Sebastian team, as many of the teams playing in the Europa League group stage will emerge as losers in this competition, in addition to depending on who falls, it will benefit or harm Real in the draw, forcing it to be hype 2 or 3. It is worth mentioning that the losers in the first round of the Champions will not fall in the Europa League, but goes directly to the Conference.

Among the standout-only clashes of teams with good options to advance to the rounds and could fall into the Europa League eventually, there is the Hungarian Ferencvaros, who will face the Kazakh Tobol, or the Norwegian Bodo / Glimt, who turned -star in one. of the season’s stories including his massive career in the Conference, which will face KÍ from the Faroe Islands. Perhaps one of the most similar is the one between Polish Lech Poznan and Azeri Qarabag.

The second preliminary, with level teams

The future pairs of the second round are drawn well, this one, yes, more relevant in terms of teams, and since well 10 losers are already falling into the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

More difficult clashes could take place here, which will bring down the rivals of a particular entity in the Europa League, such as the case of the draw between the winner of Lech Poznan/Qarabag against Swiss Zurich, or of Israeli Maccabi Haifa against Greek Olympiacos.

Key dates

This second preview will be held between July 19 and 27. Before starting play, the draw for the third round of the Champions League will be held, with teams such as Red Star, Benfica, Monaco, Rangers, PSV, and also for in the first Europa League qualifier, which involved 12 defeats in the second preview of the Champions League, in addition to Serbian Partizan and Slovakia’s Slovacko.

The final playoffs of the Champions League and Europa League, before the group stage, which will decide on the final composition of the pots, will take place between August 16 and 25. La Real must know these earlier to know their possible rivals but, above all, to find out if there are surprises and big teams fall (there are 11 with a better UEFA coefficient that could fall), which would compromise their presence in pot 2, even if it is highly unlikely.

Source: La Verdad


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