Borussia Dortmund will face reigning champions Real Madrid, Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. The draw was conducted in Monaco this evening. Below you will find BVB's reactions to Group F.
Hans-Joachim Watzke (Chief Executive Officer): "It's a very exciting group! For me, the highlights are obviously ‒ once again ‒ a double-header with Real Madrid. And in Sporting Lisbon, we have a new and attractive footballing destination to visit on our European travels."
Michael Zorc (Sporting Director): "It's an interesting group, one in which some considerable sporting challenges await us. Like almost every year, we will be facing Real Madrid, so they are familiar foes for us. Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw might not be the big names they once were on the international scene, but they are very strong teams."
Thomas Tuchel (Head Coach): "We were awaiting the draw with great anticipation. It's a fascinating group ‒ difficult and attractive in equal measure. Playing against Real Madrid has almost become another Klassiker for us. We're looking forward to facing the reigning champions."
Marcel Schmelzer (Player): "Madrid is a great draw to get, even if we have already played them a lot. But that means we know them too. Sporting are new for us. And as for Legia, the fact they are the first Polish team to reach the group stages for 20 years means something. We've been warned. But obviously we want to make our mark on the group and get through."