Liverpool need to be on top form to see off Hoffenheim
Aug 07 2017
Scottish champions Celtic meet Kazakhstan side Astana, who they beat in the third qualifying round last season.
With the first clash set to take place at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena on August 15, and the return leg at Anfield on August 23, there are less than two weeks to prepare.
The 30-year-old steered his side to an impressive fourth placed finish in the Bundesliga last season as he continued furthering his reputation as one of Europe's most promising, young coaches.
Now they face a long journey for the away leg of their playoff round tie as FC Astana provide the opposition.
The 10 winners of the ties below will go into the group stage of the Champions League.
"Hoffenheim will present a tough passage for Pool but they have lost key personnel during the summer and once again we make Liverpool strong favourites at 1/3 to qualify and 9/4 to be eliminated".
"As we expected, we got a very heavy opponent", he told Bild. I had a feeling it would be Liverpool and I think it's a great thing for both our fans and the media. "Jurgen Klopp plays the same football with Liverpool as with Dortmund - attacking football with a brutal tempo". We will give it our all to progress.
"Liverpool is an outstanding team, Bayern Munich was unimpressive". 'Pep Guardiola brought a lot to the Bundesliga, but we have to take up those ideas and develop them.
Quiz: Put your Hoffenheim knowledge to the test! We know it's a challenge, but we're going to jump into it with bravery and ambition'. "We will surely compete to reach the group stages".
Mario Balotelli's Nice defeated Ajax to join Young Boys, Steaua Bucharest and two other dark horses, Hoffenheim and Istanbul Basaksehir, in the hat.