There will be no all-Spanish final come May 14, 2014. However, Sevilla coach Unai Emery is content with Friday's results of the draw. Here is why:
“We think it is going to be a really attractive tie and one that will take a Spanish team through to the final, which is good for the national game.”
Likewise, Valencia defender Ricardo Costa was happy with the outcome of the Europa League semis draw. He said:
“I wanted us to face Sevilla because we can beat them and get to the final, where I would like to meet Benfica.”
Probabilities are very few with only four teams left, yet many fans are lost in predictions. How will Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Real Madrid be paired on Friday in Nyon?
Atletico Madrid arguably provided the biggest result in the Last 8 by kicking giants Barcelona out of the competition. The Rojiblancos needed a lone goal from Koke in the second leg to beat the Catalans 2-1 on aggregate.
This sealed the fact that “Barca are out whereas Bayern, Atletico, Real…
Preview: La Vecchia Signora take on Les Gones in what should be a closely-contested second leg
Following PSG's exit from the Champions League at the hands of Chelsea, Remi Garde's men find themselves in an interesting similar position to the side they will be facing in Turin. Both Juventus and Lyon are now Serie A and Ligue 1's sole representatives remaining in any kind of continental competition this season, and each squad has their respective reasons for trying to make it into the final four.
For the Bianconeri, who were consigned to the Europa League after failing to get out of their group stage campaign, they will be keen to make it to the final in May as it's being held at their home ground. As for Lyon, their 5th-placed standing puts them four behind Saint-Etienne and the last continental football berth, so naturally, they will look to overturn the deficit and take one step closer to winning their first European title since claiming the now-defunct Intertoto Cup back in 1997.
Preview: Les Gones take on La Vecchia Signoria as they hope to keep European football hopes alive
Lyon currently sit in fifth place in Ligue 1, six points away from a Europa League spot and nine from third-placed Lille and a Champions League berth, whilst Juventus have already secured European football as the Serie A leaders. However, both sides are coming into the match after losing their respective league matches this weekend and will be keen to put those negative results behind them.
Bianconeri midfielder Claudio Marchisio offered his thoughts on his team's 2-0 defeat to Napoli and slammed reports that the team is now in crisis whilst stating his opinion on their French opponents.
Preview: Viola will be hoping to get the best of the Bianconeri in their third consecutive meeting
Only one side in Serie A has defeated Juventus all season--Fiorentina--back on mach day eight on 20th October. And this feat was accomplished at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, something that will be on the back of the players' minds as they attempt to keep their European campaign alive against a side that will be keen to knock them out of the competition once and for all.
Of course, heading into the match, Juventus coach Antonio Conte attempted to diffuse any pressure on the league leaders, noting that, "there's no pressure on us to win the Europa League because our real place is in the Champions League." But with the final set to be in Turin this May, obviously the reigning Scudetto champions would very much like to be one of those sides contesting the trophy in front of their own fans.
Preview: Bianconeri keen to take one step closer to final against familiar Viola opponents
1-1. No, that was not the scoreline following the Juventus-Fiorentina game this past Sunday, which finished as a 1-0 victory in favour of the Bianconeri thanks to Kwadwo Asamoah's late first half strike. Rather, it reflects how the two sides have done in terms of head-to-head competitions so far this season, with Fiorentina having the honour of being the only side to defeat Antonio Conte's men earlier this year.
Now, the two will face off for the second time in a three-part rumble that started last weekend and will end the following Thursday, but unlike the league in which Juventus might as well already be given the Scudetto--so insurmountable is their lead at the top--the Europa League is a whole new affair. Of course, having been dumped out of the Champions League and with the final set to be played in Turin this May, La Vecchia Signora would be loathe to not be one of those teams on the pitch.
Preview: Luis Castro goes for his second victory as Porto's manager
The 2013/14 campaign has not gone according to plan, or at least how Porto and their fans would have expected. They are currently third in the Portuguese League, two points behind Sporting CP, and nine behind league leaders Benfica.
After a lot of speculation and mixed opinions, Paulo Fonseca was sacked from the club last week. That has now given Porto’s B team manager, Luis Castro, an opportunity to put his name in the European spotlight.
Castro started his managerial career off with a victory at the weekend, as the current Portuguese champions defeated Arouca 4-1 at home.
Preview: Bianconeri poised to make it to the last 16 of the Europa League
After an embarrassing performance in the Champions League which saw them getting knocked out in the first round of the competition, the Old Lady will be hoping to make the most out of their participation in Europe’s second tier club competition.
The Italian league leaders will head into the second leg with a two goal advantage after goals from Pablo Osvaldo and Paul Pogba gave the Turin side a 2-0 win in the first leg.
Preview: Can Tottenham turn the tie around?
Dnipro does not have domestic competition to worry about due to the current break and will thus come into this tie with a full set of players to choose from. Yevheniy Konoplyanka’s late penalty has left Tottenham with a deficit to overcome at home. A 1-0 loss to Norwich will not have helped their confidence. They sit six points behind Liverpool at this point in the Premier League table in fifth.
The goal of the season is to finish in the top four; the loss to Norwich will not have helped.
Sherwood can perhaps get the support of the crowd once again by helping his side turn the tie around at White Hart Lane. Erik Lamela, Kyle Walker, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches and Etienne Capoue are all out for Spurs.
Preview: Napoli hopeful of avoiding an upset
The Swans considering their recent form should have been no match for a high flying Napoli side which occupies the third position in the Serie A. However much for their stature the Partenopei were tested to their limits when they faced Swansea in the first leg in Wales. The Jacks performed admirably and were unlucky not to have emerged victorious in the first leg.
To Napoli’s advantage, they have a manager who has quite a pedigree in European competitions. The Spaniard has thrice led his teams to European success once in the Champions League and twice in Europe’s second tier competition.
Preview: Can Tim Sherwood’s side pick up an away win against Spurs' former boss, Juando Ramos’ side?
Dnipro has not played a match since losing to ACF Fiorentina in December as their domestic league is on its break. This means they do not have any injuries to worry about. This also means that they lack match practice. Tottenham is on the other end of the spectrum having had several matches in the past two months as the Premier League entered the busiest part of its schedule. Tim Sherwood’s players should not have to worry too much though – they are an expensively assimilated team as Juande Ramos pointed out according to UEFA’s official website:
Preview: Juve eyeing a strong performance after Champions League humiliation
The Bianconeri were sent packing from the Champions League after finishing behind Real Madrid and Galatasaray in the group stages and now find themselves competing in Europe’s second tier competition.
Even though Antonio Conte’s men have been the best side in Italy by a margin, currently leading second placed AS Roma by nine points, their performances in Champions League were weak and uninspiring which resulted in their eventual knockout.
Preview: Spurs hoping to maintain 100% record in Europa
In contrast to their league form, Tottenham have been formidable in the Europa League having won all five matches they have played so far, scoring 11 and conceding just a single goal in the process.
With everything decided in Group K except the third and fourth positions, the meeting between the two clubs will be a mere formality with Spurs poised to advance to the next round top of the pool and Anzhi to qualify to the next round as the second best team in the group regardless of the results.
Preview: A good opportunity for disgraced Spurs to bounce back
What went wrong for Tottenham Hotspur in their latest match? Who saw it coming? They were humiliated at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday in the English Premier League as they conceded a surprising 6-0 defeat against Manchester City.
Until then, Andre Villas-Boas’ defence had been generally solid in all competitions. But now, the young Portuguese manager has much to think about, when it comes to tactical plans.
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Matchday 5 kicks off with a bang on FOX Sports. Four teams have already qualified. They are Group D’s Bayern Munich and Manchester City, Group G’s Atletico Madrid and Group H’s Barcelona.
Manchester United, Real Madrid, PSG and Chelsea have been tipped to soon join them in the Round of 16. Struggling Italian giants Milan are in danger of missing crashing out of the tournament while Arsenal, Napoli and last season’s runners up Borussia Dortmund are in a fierce contest for only two knockout stage tickets.
Preview: Spurs’ perfect record set to be extended
Spurs’ ride in Europe has been enjoyable for their fans so far. They seat at the top of Group K thanks to two dominating displays – at home to Tromsø on Matchday 1 and away to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala earlier this month.
With five goals and none conceded, Tottenham Hotspur have rightfully been tagged as favourites to succeed London rivals Chelsea as Europa League champions. Besides, they possess 36-year-old gem Andre Villas-Boas who led FC Porto to glory in the competition three seasons ago.
Preview: Latics looking for their first European triumph
Having qualified for the Europa League courtesy of their FA Cup final win over Manchester City last season, Wigan will be hoping to make the best out of their European adventure. However with a miserable run in the Championship which has seen them win only thrice in eight matches, Wigan will not be expected to make many strides in Europe this season.
Their task will be made more difficult with injuries piling up as the Latics are set to be without defenders Gary Caldwell, Stephen Crainey and Ivan Ramis, goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, midfielder Shaun Maloney and strikers Grant Holt and Marc-Antoine Fortune.
Preview: Tottenham poised to embarrass Anji in Russia
Tottenham Hotspur were given a tough time by Chelsea last Saturday in the Premier League. A John Terry equalizer denied them from getting all three points. Still, Andre-Villas Boas could smile about his team’s performance and ambitious approach. Playing Anzhi will be totally different from playing Jose Mourinho’s Blues.
All though it is an away fixture, Spurs are seen as favourites. In fact, the Russian club has failed over the years to transform into a force like big-money clubs Manchester City, AS Monaco or Paris Saint-Germain. The club’s crisis has taken its toll in front of goal with Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o leaving for Chelsea this summer.
Preview: Spurs tipped to traumatize Tromsø in London
Both teams do not know each other as they have never faced in history.
It was in London that Tromsø played their only encounter in England. That was against Chelsea in the first round of the 1997/98 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
The Norwegians were flying high after a stunning 3-2 win at home but the second leg produced a disastrous outcome. A hat-trick by Gianluca Vialli condemned Tromsø to a 7-1 loss. Until date, this remains their heaviest defeat on the European stage.
Preview: Lazio looking to start European journey with a bang
After getting off to a very solid start in the Italian Serie A, Lazio will be looking to make a strong impression in the opening day of this season’s edition of the UEFA Europa League where they take on Legia Warsaw.
Despite a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Juventus this season, Lazio have made a very good start to the domestic campaign and have already shown that they will be competing for a place in the Champions League this time around.