European teams already know who will be their opponents in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League. The second European competition will leave us crossings with great teams, surprises and stadiums that will give us something to talk about in the old continent.
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
After the clashes and definitions in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League, the draw for the Round of 16 of the second most important competition in Europe was held.
Most of the series will be played on March 10 and will be defined the following week with very evenly matched ties.
The round of 16 is set ✅
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) February 25, 2022
Barcelona, who dropped out of the Champions League and just beat Napoli, will face Galatasaray of Turkey in a definition that has the extra spice of the fact that the culé will close the key in the Turkish Hell.
The Turkish giants finished as leaders of a difficult group against Lazio, Marseille and Lokomotiv, but are going through a delicate moment in the local tournament where they are only six points away from the relegation zone.
?Turkish #Galatasaray fans riot during the #EuropaLeague away match against ?? #Marseille.The meeting was interrupted when the Turkish fans entered into a skirmish w/ the Marseilles fans & began to throw firecrackers and smoke bombs at everything and everyone because of ????flag pic.twitter.com/bP8sVzYPeC
— RE:PUBLIC OF ARTSAKH (@ArtsakhEng) October 1, 2021
Porto, another team that finished third in the top competition, will have to overcome the always complicated Olympique Lyon: a team that is not doing well in Ligue 1 but has a player like Lucas Paqueta up its sleeve.
The Portuguese team got rid of the best player in the team -Luis Diaz- and eliminated Lazio against all odds.
The duel that has all the spice to be one of the most exciting will be the one between Sevilla, the maximum winner of the competition, and West Ham. Two intense teams that are always looking for the opponent’s goal.
The Spaniards are second in La Liga and will have the tough task of defining in England against the Hammers, one of the revelations of the Premier League.
Sevilla have faced English sides in the Europa League in 4 previous seasons. Each year they won the competition ?
2005/06: Bolton & Middlesbrough
2019/20: Wolves & Manchester United
Up next: West Ham ⚒
— La Liga Lowdown ???⚽️ (@LaLigaLowdown) February 25, 2022
Eintracht Frankfurt, first in their Europa League group, is not the same team that dazzled at the beginning of the season in the Bundesliga and the draw paired them with the sensation team of the season: Real Betis.
The Greens are the only Spanish team still alive in three competitions -Europa, Copa del Rey, and La Liga- and under Manuel Pellegrini’s guidance, they are heading for third place in their domestic competition.
Juanmi gives Real Betis a 1-0 lead over Barcelona! pic.twitter.com/NeSyDS53ch
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 4, 2021
Atalanta, another of the top teams that dropped to the second continental competition, will be favorites against Bayer Leverkusen. While another German team, RB Leipzig, was paired with Spartak Moscow in a tie where the Russians will not be able to play at home.
On the other hand, Sporting Braga of Portugal and Monaco will have the least eye-catching duel, while Rangers of Scotland and Red Star Belgrade will complete a key in which the stadiums will not go unnoticed.
The Scots surprisingly eliminated Borussia Dortmund and are the champions of their country, but will have to define the pass to the Quarterfinals in Serbia and with a stadium that is known for its entrance corridor to a real hell.
Napoli players will have to walk down this tunnel onto Red Star Belgrade’s ground, Rajko Mitić Stadium, tomorrow in their UCL group stage opener.
This is no joke….?? pic.twitter.com/6hDjEgCFR2
— Matt Santangelo ?? (@Matt_Santangelo) September 17, 2018