Granada continues with its spectacular debut in the UEFA Europa League, and after landing in Naples and Molde, the Andalusian club now faces one of the big favorites to lift the title in Gdansk, Manchester United, champions in 2017.
The English giant is scary just by naming him, but Granada has not arrived here by chance, and will sell a defeat very dearly in the quarterfinals of the competition. From UEFA.com we value the reasons why the Nasrid team can eliminate the ‘Red Devils’.
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Diego Martínez recovers troops
Granada’s path to the quarter-finals has not been easy at all. Diego Martínez’s team has been hit hard by injuries, and against Napoli, in the round of 32, they had up to ten casualties. But it seems that the sun is beginning to rise in the city of the Alhambra, and important footballers such as Darwin Machís or Luis Milla could arrive at the crucial appointment of April 8.
Granada 2-0 Naples
He has already defeated greats like PSV and Naples
In its first season in Europe, Granada has already measured forces with historic continental football clubs. The first match of the group stage was played in the field of PSV, UEFA Cup winners in 1988. In Eindhoven, goals from Jorge Molina and Darwin Machís traced the opening goal from Mario Götze to give the Andalusians the three points. And more commendable was his victory in the first leg of the round of 32 against Napoli, champions of the tournament in 1989. Goals from Yangel Herrera and Kenedy cemented a classification that was difficult to close in the capital Partenopea. Now United awaits, European champions three times (1968, 1999 and 2008).
Granada – Molde 2-0 (2 minutes)
Strength and resilience
If there is one word that describes Granada’s participation in this UEFA Europa League, it is resilience, which is the ability to adapt to adverse situations with positive results. That is the hallmark of this team, which has overcome injuries and penalties to sneak into the top eight teams in the competition. Now they will face another a priori insurmountable challenge, but that word is not within the vocabulary of this team, and United will have to do their best to try to overcome this Granada.
Kenedy already knows what it is to score against UnitedGetty Images
Kenedy’s big moment
There are several Granada players who are emerging in this UEFA Europa League. Yangel Herrera is the team’s top scorer in the competition with five goals (including qualifying), and his performance has been key to reaching the quarter-finals. The same could be said of Rui Silva, Gonalons or Darwin Machís, who have also shone with their own light. But if there is a player who is one point above the rest in Diego Martínez’s team right now, that is Kenedy. In addition, the Brazilian already knows what it is to score against United. He did it on the eighth day of the 2018/19 Premier League, when he defended, on loan from Chelsea, the Newcastle shirt.
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