Third in Ligue 1 in 2020-2021, AS Monaco will know the name of its opponent on Monday in the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League. In the meantime, here are the clubs that Niko Kovac players could fall on.
Monaco, which finished third in Ligue 1 at the end of May, will be set on Monday noon on its opponent for the 3rd qualifying round for the Champions League (first leg 3/4 August, return 10 August) following the organized draw. in Nyon (Switzerland). ASM, which snatched its place on the podium and its ticket for the preliminary rounds of the C1 after a fierce fight with Lyon, will be seeded, which will not necessarily prevent it from avoiding a strong opposition. The Rock club will face either the winner of the confrontation between PSV Eindhoven and Galatasaray, or Spartak Moscow, or Genk, or the team that will win the duel between Rapid Vienna and Sparta Prague.
The worst draw for Niko Kovac’s men seems to be the survivor of the confrontation between the Dutch and the Turks, and to a lesser extent the Russians or the Belgians, while the Austrian and Czech teams seem within their grasp. PSV finished second in the Batavian league far behind Ajax Amsterdam, while Galatasaray narrowly failed to win the title, edged on goal difference by their Istanbul rival Besiktas. In addition, the very hot atmosphere in the Turkish stadiums is always a big challenge for the visiting teams.
Benfica or Shakhtar Donetsk in the next round?
Spartak meanwhile also finished 2nd in their championship, a good distance from Zenith Saint Petersburg, while Genk finished the season with a cannonball by winning the Belgian Cup and making superb play-offs to finish in second place, tied on points with the champion, Club Brugge. Sparta Prague, beaten twice by Lille in the Europa League last season (4-1, 2-1) and which was largely outclassed by its enemy Slavia in the league, seems a tone below, just like Rapid Vienna , who could not challenge the national hegemony of Red Bull Salzburg.
If the Monegasques pass this first pitfall at the beginning of August, they will however not be seeded for the dams and will be opposed either to the Portuguese of Benfica Lisbon or to the Ukrainians of Shakhtar Donetsk, regulars of the Champions League, or to their executioners. if these formations are eliminated in the 3rd qualifying round.
Monaco’s possible opponents in the 3rd qualifying round:
– Genk (BEL)
– Spartak Moscow (RUS)
– PSV Eindhoven (PB) or Galatasaray (TUR), who face each other in the 2nd qualifying round
– Rapid Vienna (AUT) or Sparta Prague (RTC), which meet in the 2nd qualifying round