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Monaco: Football stars react to Champions League group stage draw

Monaco, Monte Carlo
August 29, 2019 at 21:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Football stars shared their thoughts after the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League draw ceremony in Monte Carlo on Thursday.

Group F has already earned the title of this season's 'Death Group' with Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan looking to make it to the round of sixteen.

"It is a pretty similar group to the last year's and I hope this year ends in a different way," said Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti whose side had failed to make it past the group stage.

Last season's best players were also awarded with prizes in different categories.

"I'm really happy and proud to receive this award of course but I think it is more important to win prizes with the team," said Frenkie de Jong who was awarded the best midfielder.

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Football stars shared their thoughts after the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League draw ceremony in Monte Carlo on Thursday.

Group F has already earned the title of this season's 'Death Group' with Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan looking to make it to the round of sixteen.

"It is a pretty similar group to the last year's and I hope this year ends in a different way," said Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti whose side had failed to make it past the group stage.

Last season's best players were also awarded with prizes in different categories.

"I'm really happy and proud to receive this award of course but I think it is more important to win prizes with the team," said Frenkie de Jong who was awarded the best midfielder.

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SOT, Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid director of institutional relations (Spanish): "Well we are going to face Paris Saint-Germain for sure and about Neymar playing with Real and not with PSG) we will see. That's the truth. They are very strong. But I also think that it will be a great game to enjoy."

SOT, Javier Zanetti, Inter Milan vice-president (Spanish): "It is a pretty similar group to last year's and I hope this year ends in a different way that allows us to qualify for the best 16 and then from there on it will be a different competition."

SOT, Edwin Van Der Sar, Chief executive officer at Ajax: "Yeah, of course it will be harder, you lose two quality players but now we have other young players who need to take their places. And hopefully with the experience of the players that we have as Daley Blind, Tadic or Donny Van de Beek, Hakim Ziyech they all gained experience so hopefully that can bring us to the next round."

SOT, Frenkie de Jong, FC Barcelona player: "No I'm really happy and proud to receive this award of course but I think it is more important to win prizes with the team."

SOT, Petr Cech, Former Chelsea and Arsenal player: "I think Frank Lampard has a lot of experience as a player playing the league and Champions League and I think this is something which is very important as well because he knows what the players go through during a period like that. And our championship most of the season they basically play in the same rhythm so I do not think it is anything new for him. So I don't think he will find this any problems."

SOT, Patrick Evra, Former professional footballer (French): "I see that many people don't like Neymar. It's like this in this world: when you're yourself people hate you and if you fake it people will pretend to like you. I've talked to Neymar many times, May God guide him to achieve his projects. This is it. When you arrive you're the king of the world but when he leaves it's like he (Neymar) killed someone and it is not the case. People will miss his genius and his style of play. Some people do not like him because he dribbles a lot, but he has to be himself, I'm telling you people will regret it."

SOT, Clemente Villaverde, Atletico Madrid General Manager (Spanish): "I think our group is quite strong and not only Juventus but Leverkusen and Lokomotiv as well and in the end the points are won against all the teams so you can face the teams the same way."

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