MONACO (AP) — Title-holder Sevilla will play another former champion in Feyenoord in the group stage of the Europa League, which now rewards the trophy winner with a Champions League place.
The two teams were drawn along with Standard Liege and HNK Rijeka in the 48-team group draw Friday for UEFA's second-tier competition.
Inter Milan, also a three-time winner, returns after a one-year absence from UEFA competitions in a group with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Saint-Etienne and Qarabag.
"The Europa League is a very important competition. It's more prestigious" because of the rule change, said Inter official Javier Zanetti, who captained the club to win the 2010 Champions League.
Tottenham, a two-time champion, has Besiktas, Partizan and Asteras in its group.
Napoli is favored to advance from a group including Sparta Prague, Young Boys and Slovan Bratislava.
Legia Warsaw and Celtic avoided a repeat of their controversial Champions League matches. Legia was eliminated this month after forfeiting a second-leg victory for fielding a suspended player.
Celtic was drawn with Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb and Astra after then losing in the Champions League qualifying playoffs.
Legia was grouped with Metalist Kharkiv, Trabzonspor and Lokeren.
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