Villarreal and Granada seek to certify their pass to the second round of the Europa League on Thursday, while Real Sociedad faces the tough task of lifting a 4-0 harvested in the first leg of the round of 32 against Manchester United.
The Basques will have to try a real feat at Old Trafford, after their fall in Turin, where the first leg was played due to the restrictions imposed in Spain on travelers from the United Kingdom due to the pandemic.
La Real, practically gives up the tie, and will travel to Manchester “to wash the image”, according to its coach Imanol Alguacil.
“We want to at least win that game because we have the biggest shield there is, even though Manchester United is in front,” said Alguacil after winning 4-0 at Alavés last weekend.
In a better position are Granada, who in their first season in Europe, beat Napoli 2-0 in the first leg and will try to certify their move to the next round in Italy.
In the same way, Villarreal will receive Salzburg with the 2-0 advantage gained in the first leg in Austria.
“We are going to try to give continuity to the 0-2 achieved in Austria. We have a lot of respect for the rival and the tie,” said the ‘Yellow Submarine’ coach, Unai Emery, last weekend.
– Tottenham open the day –
In the other matches, Tottenham host the Austrians from Wolfsberg on Wednesday in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 after winning 4-1 in the first leg.
The Spurs come into the game after losing 2-1 to West Ham on Sunday in the English league, where they are ninth nine points behind fourth place, which gives access to the Champions League.
The fall of a team, which at the end of 2020 was leading, has led some media to consider that the maintenance of José Mourinho at the head of Tottenham passes through the Europa League, which gives the winner a pass to the Champions League.
With four goals in favor, the Spurs should have no trouble getting through the tie.
Something more than Tottenham and Manchester will have to work Leicester and Arsenal, who both recorded away draws against Slavia Prague (0-0) and Benfica (1-1).
On the Italian side, Roma will confidently host Sporting Braga after their 2-0 victory in the first leg in Portugal, while in the duel between former Champions League winners, AC Milan did the most difficult, starting a draw 2-2 against Red Star in Belgrade.
Defeated in Greece by Olympiakos 4-2, the Dutch PSV will have to come back two goals without conceding, while Ajax Amsterdam faces their encounter with Lille more relaxed supported by their 2-1 victory of the first leg.
– Program of the second leg of the Europa League round of 32 (GMT hours):
(17h00) Tottenham (ENG) – Wolfsberg (AUT)
(17h55) Arsenal (ENG) – Benfica (POR)
Glasgow Rangers (SCO) – Amberes (BEL)
Villarreal (ESP) – RB Salzburg (AUT)
Hoffenheim (GER) – Molde (NOR)
Naples (ITA) – Granada (ESP)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) – Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Ájax de Amsterdam (NED) – Lille (FRA)
(20h00) Bruges (BEL) – Dynamo Kiev (UKR)
Manchester United (ENG) – Real Sociedad (ESP)
AC Milan (ITA) – Red Star Belgrade (SRB)
Leicester (ENG) – Slavia de Praga (CZE)
AS Roma (ITA) – Sporting de Braga (POR)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) – Krasnodar (RUS)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER) – Young Boys (SUI)
PSV Eindhoven (NED) – Olympiakos (GRE)
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