Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has offered his verdict on the Champions League group stages after Thursday’s draw.
The Catalan giants will take on Bayern Munich, Benfica, and Dynamo Kiev in Group E and will be expected to make it through to the knockout stages.
Koeman knows it will be tough coming up against Bayern Munich and is also looking forward to taking on former club Benfica.
“I think it’s a tough group. Talking about Bayern Munich, a really strong team, a team that won two years ago, and Barca lost that day, a big result. They have really good quality players, they have a new coach, Nagelsmann, it’s really nice to compete with them.
“The second one is Benfica. In history, it’s like one of the biggest clubs in the world. I was lucky to have one season as a coach over there and it’s really a great club. I saw their last match against PSV in Holland, a draw which is a good result it’s a strong team.”
“Dynamo Kiev, we know because we had to play last season against them. They have developing young players, we have to analyse those teams and see what we can expect.”
Source | Barca TV
Barca and Bayern will be favorites to progress from the group, while Benfica and Dynamo Kiev will be hoping to cause an upset.
Benfica finished third in the Primeira Liga last season and came through the qualifying, beating Spartak Moscow and PSV, to make it through to the group stages. Dynamo Kiev are Ukranian champions and played Barca in the group stages last season, losing 2-1 at the Camp Nou and 4-0 back in Kiev.