The crosses of the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League and possible rivals of Sevilla

The crosses of the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League and possible rivals of Sevilla

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This Monday, the draw for the matches for the third qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League was held at the UEFA headquarters (Nyon, Switzerland). The penultimate before playing the group stage. Among the candidates, several of the possible rivals of Sevilla FC. The qualifiers will be played, like the rest of the previous rounds, in two legs. The first leg will take place on August 2-3 and the second leg a week later. The winners will play the final playoffprior to the group stage.

Sevilla will be in pot 2, and they already know that they will avoid at least eight teams as rivals. The seven with whom he shares the hype – Chelsea, FC Barcelona, ​​Juventus, Atlético de Madrid, RB Leipzig, Tottenham Hotspurs and Livepool plus Real Madrid, who will be seeded but cannot face until the quarter-finals as they are of the same federation.

Finished all the big leagues, 26 of the 32 teams that will play in the group stage of the continental competition are already known. Six more are missing, four that will arrive from the playoffs of the champions route and two more that will arrive through the league route.

Monaco-PSV Eindhoven will be one of the star clashes in the third qualifying round. Meanwhile, and also via the league route, surprising Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise, who came close to winning their league, will take on Rangers. Benfica will do the same with the winner of the tie between the Danish Midtjylland and the Cypriot AEK Larnaca.

If they beat Slovenian Maribor in the second round, Sheriff Tiraspol, one of last season’s revelations, will face the winner of the duel between HJK Helsinki and Viktoria Plzen.

Crosses of the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions

– Route of the champions

Maccabi Haifa (ISR)/Olympiacos (GRE) – Apollon Limasson (CYP)

Qarabag (AZE)/Zurich (SUI) – Ferencvaros (HUN)/Slovan Bratislava (SVK)

Ludogorets (BUL)/Shamrock Rovers (IRL) – Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)/Shkupi (MKID)

Maribor (SLO)/Sheriff (MDA) – HJK Helsinki (FIN)/Viktoria Plzen (CZE)

Linfield (NIR)/Bodo Glimt (NOR) – Zalgiris (LTU)/Malmö (SWE)

Red Star (SRB) – Pyunik (ARM)/Diddeleng (LUX)

– League Path

Monaco (FRA) – PSV Eindhoven (NED)

Dinamo kyiv (UKR)/Fenerbahce (TUR) – Sturm Graz (AUT)

Union Saint-Gilloise (BEL) – Rangers (SCO)

Benfica (POR) – Midtjylland (DEN)/AEK Larnaca (CYP)

This is how the drums for the Champions League draw are made

Pot 1: Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto, Real Madrid, Milan, Manchester City, Eintracht Frankfurt and Ajax.

Pot 2: Chelsea, Liverpool, FC Barcelona, ​​Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla F.C.RB Leipzig and Tottenham Hotspurs.

Pot 3: Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Sporting de Portugal and Bayer Leverkusen. A place in this group remains to be defined.

Pot 4: Olympique de Marseille, Bruges and Celtic de Glasgow. Five places in this group remain to be defined.

The calendar until the end

  • August 2/3: First leg third qualifying round
  • August 9: Third qualifying round second leg
  • 16/17 August: first leg Play-offs
  • 23/24 August: Play-off second leg
  • 6/7 September: First day of group stage
  • 13/14 September: Second day of group stage
  • 4/5 October: Third day of group stage
  • 11/12 October: Fourth day of group stage
  • 25/26 October: Fifth day of group stage
  • 1/2 November: Sixth day of group stage
  • 14/15/21/22 February: Round of 16 first leg
  • 7/8/14/15 March: Round of 16 second leg
  • 11/12 April: First leg of the quarterfinals
  • 18/19 April: second leg of the quarterfinals
  • May 9/19: Semi-final first leg
  • May 16/17: Semi-final second leg
  • June 10: Final in Istanbul.
The Champions League ball, in the Sevilla sports city (Photo: SFC).

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