MILAN WILL learn their Champions League playoff fate tomorrow (Friday) – here are the five possible opponents.
The third qualification 2013/2014 Champions League stage ended on Wednesday evening with some teams booking their place in the playoff games, where Milan await and the Rossoneri have five possible opponents that they can face then.
The draw takes place on Friday at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland at 11:45 CET. There is a split formal with the 20 teams in the hat allocated to either the champions route or the league route, depending on their 12/13 league finish.
Milan finished third, which means they are in the league route and can only face teams that have qualified this way. Milan are a seeded side – along with Arsenal, Olympique Lyonnais, Schalke 04, Zenit St Petersburg – so that leaves il Diavolo with 5 potential opponents: PSV Eindhoven, FC Metalist Kharkiv, Fenerbahçe SK, Real Sociedad and FC Paços de Ferreira.
The Dutch PSV, the former team of Mark van Bommel and Roma’s Kevin Strootman, finished the last season in 2nd place in the Eredivisie. The Ukrainian FC Metalist Kharkiv also were the runner-ups in the league last season. The Turkish Fenerbahçe SK, which features the likes of Dirk Kuyt and Milos Krasic, ended the 2012/2013 season in second place. The Spanish Real Sociedad finished 4th in La Liga while the Portuguese FC Paços de Ferreira finished 3rd in their league.
The first game of the Champions League playoff draw will take place on either August 20 or August 21, the return leg will take place on August 27 or 28 with the draw for the Champions League group stage taking place on August 29 in Monaco.