The Bundesliga record holder is frightening
Challenging repeat with Bayern after nine years! The previous meeting in the prestigious competition with the Bundesliga sovereign, who triumphed a record ten times in a row in the domestic competition, ended in a home defeat for Pilsen 0:1, but they took the famous bore from the Bavarian metropolis.
And this time too, the Victorians will be sweating profusely. The German club seemed to be completely unaffected by the departure of the gunner Robert Lewandowski, flying into the season like a hurricane. Liverpool signing Sadio Mané is leading the attacking team, and when Manuel Neuer is added in goal, Bayern are quite scared.
Catalan club under reconstruction
Pilsen has not yet been able to score a goal even against Barcelona in mutual duels between the European elite. But the current Catalans are far from being so sovereign. The team, under the leadership of player legend Xavi, is going through a certain generational change, which is reflected in the results. The La Liga famous club last ruled in the spring of 2019 and has been waiting for the European trophy for over seven years.
Pilsen will probably be troubled mainly by striker Robert Lewandowski, the speedy Ousmané Dembelé or the youngster Ansu Fati will certainly be a threat from the wings. German Marc-André ter Stegen remains in the position of number one goalkeeper for the seventh season.
At Inter inspiration in Prague
Viktoria has never faced Inter Milan on the European stage, but it can perhaps be inspired by the two S from Prague, which always robbed the Italian club of some points during the last participations in the basic groups of the cups. In the domestic league, Inter finished a close second last time and coach Simone Inzaghi’s staff strengthened even more over the summer.
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who won the title for the team the season before last, returned for at least a year on loan after an unsuccessful spell at Chelsea. Along with him, Pilsen will also be threatened by the nimble Argentinian Lautaro Martínez, who scored 21 league goals for Inter last season.