Maturity test for the Real

Monaco, PSV and Sturm Graz. "We knew that any group was going to be complicated. These rivals have played, and we are going with all the illusion", they assure from the Txuri-urdin entity.

Maturity-test-for-the-Real

The Real will be seen in this new European tour with Monaco, from the French Ligue 1, and PSV Eindhoven, from the Eredivisie of the Netherlands, in a Group B completed by the Austrian Sturm Graz. Complicated group with key crosses against the Dutch. Both Monaco and PSV were in this draw coming from the previous phases of the Champions League, staying one game away from being 'Champions' teams. Added difficulty for a Real Sociedad that can go to the next round, of course, but also be relegated to the new Conference League, the third continental competition, if it does not perform at a high level.

The Monegasques still do not know the victory in Ligue 1 after three days, but they have potential for improvement. In the Champions League playoff, they fell in overtime, in the return leg in Ukraine, against Shakhtar Donetsk and bounced back to the Europa League, with players of the stature of Ben Yedder, Golovin, Martins and Fàbregas.

Similar to the case of PSV, which lost that playoff to Portuguese Benfica, after losing 2-1 in Lisbon and not being able to turn the tie around at home. Those of Roger Schmidt, who have opened their league with two victories, have Gotze, Van Ginkel or Zahavi in their ranks, with a compact squad. The 'Cinderella' will be the Austrian Sturm Graz.

The counselor of the Royal Society Javier Igarza acknowledged the difficulty of the group, after the draw, in statements to Movistar. "We knew that any group was going to be complicated. These rivals have played, and we are going with all the illusion," he said. "You have to go game by game, the final is far away. We will have to watch the competition go by," he added.



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