Liverpool Battle Hoffenheim , Napoli Challenge Nice in Champions League
Liverpool’s return into Champions League football is set to face an intriguing test as they face up Bundesliga outfit, Hoffenheim for a spot in the competition’s group stage round.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will have a slight advantage as they will be playing the second leg of that tie at home, giving that opportunity to overcome any potential trouble that can happen during their first meeting.
Klopp himself stated that he is quite happy with the drawing, despite admitting that his side won’t be having it easy as their opponent are a strong team which can provide problems for The Reds.
Nevertheless, the former Borussia Dortmund’s tactician is confident with his team’s shot in overcoming Hoffenheim and made their way into the Champions League group stage round.
Meanwhile, another potentially exciting encounter happened between Italian side, Napoli, which will be facing French Ligue 1 surprise last season, Nice.
Mario Balotelli’s presence for the French outfit can cause some problems as his knowledge over Italian football, notably Napoli’s strength might put Maurizio Sarri’s men in some pressure.
Still, with the quality of their players, the Partenopei are always expected to overcome their challenge and got themselves into the group stage again this upcoming season.
Here is the complete Champions League playoffs drawing:
Napoli vs. Nice
Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool
Sporting Lisbon vs. FCSB
Istanbul Basaksehir vs. Sevilla
Young Boys vs. CSKA Moscow
APOEL vs Slavia Prague
Qarabag vs Copenhagen
Olympiakos vs Rijeka
Celtic v Astana
Hapoel Be’er-Sheva vs Maribor