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Monaco: Clubs react to Europa League draw in Monte Carlo

Monaco, Monte Carlo
August 30, 2019 at 16:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

A day after the Champions League group stage draw in Monte Carlo, the Monaco city welcomed football royalties for the Europa League draw on Friday.

Manchester United was handed a tough draw in the form of long journeys the team needs to undertake to play against Partizan Belgrade and Astana of Kazakhstan in Group L.

"We much rather do it ourselves and finish on the top 4 in our own premiere league but we are in this competition to win it simple as that. Any competition we enter we are in to win," said the team's ambassador Denis Irwin who expressed hope their side's Pogba will mentor young players in the team.

AS Rome's Vice President Mauro Baldissoni on his part reacted to the tragic death of the young daughter of their former manager Luis Enrique who lost her battle to cancer at the age of nine.

"I have to say this news really hit us, obviously. We cannot do anything but stay close to him, we have sent messages of affection," said Baldissoni.

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A day after the Champions League group stage draw in Monte Carlo, the Monaco city welcomed football royalties for the Europa League draw on Friday.

Manchester United was handed a tough draw in the form of long journeys the team needs to undertake to play against Partizan Belgrade and Astana of Kazakhstan in Group L.

"We much rather do it ourselves and finish on the top 4 in our own premiere league but we are in this competition to win it simple as that. Any competition we enter we are in to win," said the team's ambassador Denis Irwin who expressed hope their side's Pogba will mentor young players in the team.

AS Rome's Vice President Mauro Baldissoni on his part reacted to the tragic death of the young daughter of their former manager Luis Enrique who lost her battle to cancer at the age of nine.

"I have to say this news really hit us, obviously. We cannot do anything but stay close to him, we have sent messages of affection," said Baldissoni.

M/S UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin arriving at Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo

W/S Football authorities arriving at Europa League draw

M/S Denis Irwin, Manchester United FC ambassador

W/S Ron Verkerk, PSV Eindhoven General Director arriving to the draw

M/S Football authorities arriving to the draw

M/S Luis Figo signing autographs

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SOT, Denis Irwin, Manchester United FC ambassador: "We much rather do it ourselves and finish on the top 4 in our own premiere league but we are in this competition to win it simple as that. Any competition we enter we are in to win."

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SOT, Denis Irwin, Manchester United FC ambassador: "He [Pogba] was very good pre-season, I've got to say that. He is a player we are going to relay on this year with his ability in opening up defences. He is a World Cup winner with France. He has won plenty of Serie A tittles with Juventus and he is in at good age now and we need his experience because we have a lot of young lads in and around him. Obviously Scott playing [his] first Scott McTominay playing his first few games Daniel James, Anthony Martial, Rashford, Chong, they are all young players so we need Paul's experience and he is gonna be a big player for us this year."

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SOT, Jesus Arroyo, Vice Director of Sevilla FC (Spanish): "It is a competition that Sevilla has inside of it. Without a doubt the objective will be to go as far as possible and enforce this coefficient that allowed us to sit in the first row of the draw."

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SOT, Mauro Baldissoni, AS Rome Vice President (Italian): "It is terrible news. News that hit us hard, we are obviously close to Luis [Enrique], he was with us a few years ago, at the beginning of his career as a coach. We maintained a close relationship, we remember all his children, including Xana, who was very young. And I have to say this news really hit us, obviously. We cannot do anything but stay close to him, we have sent messages of affection and he obviously knows he will always have our affection. We know he is a strong man, a very strong man. He demonstrates it every day with the effort he puts in every activity of his. So we are sure he will be able to help himself and his family in coping with such a big tragedy."

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