Granada will play Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the Europa League, while Villarreal will play Dinamo Zagreb. This has been dictated by the draw held in Nyon, which has also dictated the duels of the semifinals of the second continental competition. The Andalusians would face the winner of the Ajax-Roma final against the winner of Ajax-Roma, while the Valencians will face the winner of the tie between Arsenal and Slavia Prague. The matches will be held next Thursday, April 8 and 15. The semifinals are April 29 and May 6. The final is scheduled for May 26 at the Gdansk Arena in Poland.
Granada, in their first participation in a continental tournament, will play their place in the semifinals against a European champion such as Manchester United . The English team has just eliminated Milan and three European Cups are displayed in their windows. The last was achieved in 2008, with Cristiano Ronaldo in his ranks. In principle, the first leg will be played in Granada if the ban on flights from England, which ends on March 30, is not extended. The pairing has been good in Granada. The Andalusian club is aware of the great difficulty of the tie against a team that has stars such as Pogba, Rashford, Martial or Bruno Fernandes, but it also understands that it is a great prize after the fabulous tournament held and after eliminating Naples and the Molde.
“Being here is something unique. We are going to compete without complexes against Manchester. We are confident in our possibilities and we are going to compete to the fullest. I hope to have all my players in this tie, ”said Diego Martínez, coach of the Andalusian team.
Unai Emery's Villarrreal, triple champion of the Europa League with Sevilla in 2014, 2015 and 2016, will play against Dinamo Zagreb. The Valencian team is favorite in the tie, whose first leg will be played in Zagreb. Although, the Groguets know that they should not be trusted against a team that in the round of 16 was able to overcome a 2-0 win over José Mourinho's Tottenham with three goals from Orsic. “It is a rival that has given a surprise that nobody expected. They are a very strong team, especially in their stadium ”, said Pau Torres, Villarreal defender. “We are very excited about this competition. Anything could happen in the draw. Although we have avoided teams like United, I think that Dinamo and all the teams in this phase have a huge degree of difficulty, "added the defender.
The other two quarter-finals heats provide a match between Ajax and Roma, two European football classics, and an Arsenal – Slavia from Prague, a team that competes like a charm.
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