The UEFA Europa League begins to have that magic that characterizes this competition. The other side of Europe begins its quarter-final phase, with several great and historic teams battling for the trophy that brings them glory and a ticket to the UEFA Champions League group stage the following season.
Thursday will be the first leg matches, so here we leave you This week’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final matches, games that will make us vibrate with emotion.
April 8, 2021
Arsenal – Slavia Prague
It is increasingly common to associate Arsenal playing the Europa League than the Champions League, but that does not mean that they do not want to win this competition. On this occasion, their rival is Slavia Prague, a powerful Czech team that left Scottish Rangers out.
For Arsenal, winning the UEFA Europa League, in addition to saving a mediocre season, will help them return to the UEFA Champions League after several years; For its part, Slavia Prague is first in their league, and this game can help to complement their great season. Which of the two will make the first hit on this key?
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang hopes to finally get this cup | Photo: Getty Images
Granada – Manchester United
In their first campaign in any European competition, Granada has little to lose and much to gain when they face Manchester United in the quarter-finals of this competition.
Los Cármenes will be the building where we can see history: the first confrontation between these teams and if Granada gives the bell of the day by beating the team that is the sub-leader of the Premier League. Will David beat Goliath in this match?
Ajax – Roma
Edson Alvarez and the Dutch team will host one of the favorites to win the competition, Roma. Ajax, current leader of the Eredivisie, looking to reach a European semi-final for the third time in the last five seasons; while Roma want to win this tournament for the first time.
It is one of the most even matches that we have this time, but it must be emphasized that Ajax has not been able to beat Italian teams at home after 10 games (their last victory precisely against Rome in 2002), so “the wolf” has statistics on your side. Will we see the Amreicanista youth squad shine in this confrontation?
Edson Álvarez is a mainstay in the Dutch team | Photo: Twitter (@AFCAjax)
Dinamo Zagreb – Villareal
The only precedent for these teams was when they met in the 2010-2011 Europa League season, when each team won their respective home games.
Villarreal is sixth in LaLiga, but in the UEFA Europa League they are undefeated, will the leading team of the Croatian league be able to finish the Spanish undefeated? We will know soon, but first, the Maksimir will witness this confrontation.
Which teams do you think will win their first game?
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