Thursday, the groups of the Champions League will be drawn in Monaco. For German clubs, he is about to catch up with the bankruptcy of the previous year. No Bundesliga club had reached the quarterfinals of the Queen class.
After the collective disaster of the royal classes, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge forced all the German teams before the next Champions League season.
"The Bundesliga must make an effort this year," the CEO of FC Bayern Munich asked in a survey by the German news agency. "We have to let our muscles work again and we have to be careful about the starting places, so that would be fatal," Rummenigge said before the draw for the group stage on Thursday at 18:00 in Monaco.
The Bavarians are automatically placed in the pot of the top eight teams at the ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum as German football champions. Borussia Dortmund is ranked by UEFA at the far post, Bayer Leverkusen at third and RB Leipzig at fourth. Direct German duels are not possible in the group stage. Last season, Bayern (against Liverpool), Dortmund (Tottenham) and Schalke (Manchester City) were all eliminated in the round of 16 against English teams. 1899 Hoffenheim did not survive the group stage.
"There are always different phases, this year it went well for the English, let's see how it goes," said Hans-Joachim Watzke, CEO of BVB. "I believe that German football does not have to hide."
Eintracht Frankfurt, one of the protagonists of the Bundesliga, praised the triumphal defender of the Bundesliga in the semifinals of the European League. "Eintracht Frankfurt has shown during last season that you can show quality, seriousness and a lot of euphoria in the Europa League," said Michael Preetz of the Hertha Sport Board.
In the relevant five-year ranking for the grid positions, the Bundesliga was fourth, despite the poor performance, to extend its lead to fifth place and narrow the gap to third place, Italy. The first four leagues (currently England, Spain, Italy and Germany) certainly have four starting places in the Champions League.
In the Europa League, Borussia Mönchengladbach and VfL Wolfsburg are in the running for the Bundesliga next season. Frankfurt must catch up in the second leg on Thursday, after a 0-1 deficit against Racing Strasbourg to resume the group stage. "First of all, I hope from our own team that it will come back with as much heart, determination and commitment as it was already exemplary last season," said Fredi Bobic, of Sport Board. The draw of the Europa League groups will take place on Friday (at 1 pm), also in Monaco.