Heikin versus Mourinho, Miranchuk versus Tedesco
Norwegian club Budo-Glimt smeared the Romans in the group round. They passed Celtic and AZ (three wins and an away draw with the Dutch) to get back to Rome. But first they will play at home, where Russian goalkeeper Haykin could be the main protagonist. Mourinho is not one to forgive such humiliation. So it will be difficult for the Norwegians not to lose on aggregate in two games. “AS Roma have not lost in nine straight games and the task of reaching the Conference League final has not been cancelled out. Although rome has a difficult match against Leicester, Roma are the odds-on favorite in the Conference League.
Barcelona will test themselves on German soil
Let’s move on to the Europa League quarterfinals. For the Catalans, not all matches in Germany were easy and simple, especially against Bayern. But Xavi’s team is in good form, victories over Real Madrid (with a smashing score, because the unstoppable Benzema could not stand up for the Madrid side) and Sevilla were encouraging. On the other hand, the Catalans have a difficult staffing situation. Dani Alves did not make the Europa League bid, although he won the tournament more than once and was upset that he was thrown out. Depay, Luc de Jong, Serhi, Fati and Umtiti are out due to injuries or coronavirus, that is, the reserve team was reduced. But in the case of the people of the optimal base. Therefore, Eintracht need to set up like Villarreal did. Torres, Aubameyang and Pedri came for goals and victory, but the Germans are stronger than many think.
They are expecting a Champions League-level game in London
“Lyon is a strong team. Though eighth place in Ligue 1 is not embarrassing. In the French championship even the reigning king of Lille is only one line up. And the weavers can still reach the top spots. In the meantime, they have their eyes set on the Europa League, where West Ham’s exit will allow them to play the winner of the Barcelona pair. But Moyes also needs this semifinal, as the Hammers have lost the initiative in the battle for fourth place in the APL. Dembele versus Antonio, Paqueta versus Bowen. The teams aren’t the most stellar lineups, but even Areola and Lopez are group round level goalkeepers. And guys like the burgeoning Rice also get stuffed into the lineup of the grandees by playing in the Eurocups.
The Rangers’ tale in European competitions continues
Back under coach Gerrard, they believed in themselves. Last season the Glasgow blue club not only won the Scottish league, which was their dream for the last ten years, but also made it to the Europa League playoffs, where they unexpectedly lost to Slavia. Now it is necessary to pass Braga, also a difficult opponent. But they are starting on the road, so there is still a chance for revenge, if they can avoid a defeat. The visitors understand that the winner of this pairing will come out against either Gasperini or Tedesco’s team. “The Rangers, with a superb right winger Tavernier and a powerful forward Morelos, are counting on aggregate success. Although it may start with an away defeat, as Braga have not even spared Monaco at home. An equal pair, unpredictable, like many next to each other. There are almost no random participants in the eights, many teams have been preparing for these adventures for years.
Feyenoord should fear the experience of Slavia
The Czechs can lose on the road, but they are a dangerous team, which last year passed Leicester and Rangers, and only at Arsenal they stumbled one step from the semifinals. Now we are not talking about the Europa League, but the Conference League. And in this case, familiar opponents, who played in the same quartet, meet. “Feyenoord beat the Czechs at home 2-1, there was a draw 2-2 on a visit. There is no repetition of Roma history, but there is an understanding of the opponent. “Slavija and their coach Jindrich Trpisovski deserved to try their luck in the semifinals, so for them the next two matches in the LC are the result of years of work to build the team. It’s not easy to predict how both matches will play out in a duo where the opponents know each other.
Marseille has a chance for another European Cup final
Rudi Garcia took Olympique to the Europa League final four years ago, but then Griezmann and Simeone left the French no chance, confidently winning 0-3. Years earlier, Anigo had lost to Benitez in the 2004 UEFA Cup final. From time to time Marseille wake up to the call of the finals, and since the squad has Payet, Under, Milik and Saliba, they can afford to leave the same Chalov without a chance for the final against Basel. “Marseille” will play today against PAOK, and if they pass on, they will meet the winner of the pair, “Slavia”. The French are the “paper favorites” in this part of the LE net.
Leicester is the clear favorite for the Conference League
Unlike Roma, who Mourinho is just teaching them to react properly to defeat, Rodgers and the Foxes have experienced a lot of anxieties and failures in recent years. They want to be rewarded for their suffering, so they look forward to the duels against PSV, and then dream of facing the winner of the pairing just with Mourinho involved. The semifinals will be great, but only if the huge list of injuries is reduced in time and Iheanacho, Barnes, Maddison and Thielemans can cope with Roger Schmidt’s difficult team. Rood Van Nistelrooy will work with PSV in the new season, but for now the German is setting traps for Schmeichel’s defense.
Tedesco got an angry Atalanta
“Leipzig” slammed Borussia D away with a score of 1-4, and this is far from the only defeat from Tedesco’s team lately. Domenico cannot provide a steady flow of points – there were enough misfires, but he did not have to play against Spartak, he saved his strength for the formidable Atalanta. Miranchuk can come on as a substitute, and it will be Malinovskiy, Muriel, De Roon and Zapata who will be scoring against the Germans for the defeat against Napoli. A great sign, the brilliant Nkunku, Andre Silva and Olmo against a similarly difficult opponent tactically. The hybrid 3-4-1-2 schemes will clash, this is one of the most interesting matches of Thursday’s busy schedule.