Italian football capital club Lazio have been handed a tough draw in the Europa League group stage following the draw that took place on Friday. Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri and his players were drawn with the likes of Turkish Super League giants Galatasaray and French Ligue 1 heavyweights Olympique Marseille in Group E.
Lazio were one of two Italian football clubs in Pot 1 ahead of the Europa League group stage draw but that didn’t stop them from being drawn with the tough teams. Napoli were the other Italian football team in Pot 1.
At the end of the group stage draw, Lazio were drawn with Lokomotiv Moscow from Russia, French team Marseille and Turkish giants Galatasaray. Lazio are under new management this season following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri in the summer as the man to replace Simone Inzaghi who has taken the Inter Milan job.
On their part, Italian football club Napoli were drawn with Premier League opposition Leicester City, Russian Premier League team Spartak Moscow and Legia Warsaw of Poland in Group C. Just like what’s obtainable with Lazio, Napoli also have a new manager in Luciano Spalletti. He was named the Napoli manager this summer in the place of GennaroGattusowho was sacked at the end of last season.
Scottish champions Rangers have been drawn in Group A alongside Sparta Prague of the Czech Republic, Danish team Brondby and French giants Lyon. Monaco, PSV Eindhoven, Sturm Graz and Real Sociedad are in Group B.
Greek champions Olympiakos, German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt, Turkish Super League giants Fenerbahce and Royal Antwerp of Belgium have been drawn in Group D. Portuguese club Sporting Braga, Ludogorets Razgrad, FC Midtjylland and Red Star Belgrade are in Group F.
German Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen, Scottish Premiership giants Celtic, Ferencvaros and Real Betis are in Group G, while West Ham United, Genk of Belgium, Croatian team Dinamo Zagreb and Rapid Wien are in Group H.