Europa League

News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the Europa League.

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Arsene Wenger Insists Arsenal Can Complete Mission Impossible In Madrid

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal can complete mission impossible in Madrid next week despite leaving themselves with an uphill struggle to reach the Europa League final.

Alexandre Lacazette’s opener put Arsenal on course for a vital win only for a comedy of defensive errors to allow Antoine Griezmann to fire home a late equaliser, and crucially an away goal.

Having played against 10 men for over 80 minutes following Sime Vrsaljko’s early dismissal; the Gunners carved out a host of opportunities to take a convincing lead into Thursday’s second leg.

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Europa League Semi-Final Preview: Will Diego Simeone Spring Defensive Surprise On Arsenal

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is considering a continuation of a recent tactical switch-up ahead of his side’s Europa League semi-final clash with Arsenal.

The Argentine has seen his side go through a concerning period of form as the season reaches its climax, with just one victory in their last five matches.

Simeone shuffled his deck recently and opted to field a back three as Atletico played out an underwhelming 0-0 stalemate with Real Betis in La Liga.

Now the 47-year-old is weighing up the prospect of continuing with the new formation as his side prepare for the biggest game of their season.

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Wenger Feeling Pressure For Europa League Success

Arsene Wenger has insisted that there is ‘extra pressure’ on his side heading into the all-important Europa League quarter-final against CSKA Moscow due to their league position.

Arsenal host the Russia side on Thursday night in the first leg of the last-eight tie knowing that winning the competition would ensure they qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Gunners have fallen off the pace in the race for the top four in the Premier League as they are currently sixth, 13 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham.

In his pre-match press conference for the Europa League match, Wenger said:

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Paul Pogba Named Europa League Best Player

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been named the Europa League Player of the Season for the 2016/17 campaign.

Pogba was influential as Jose Mourinho’s side reached the final, beating Ajax thanks to goals from Pogba himself and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, helping United lift the trophy and qualify for the Champions League in the process.

“Thank you,” said Pogba, as quoted by United’s website.

“I’m really honoured to be the first to win the best player for the UEFA Europa League. Hopefully this season will be as good as last season – let’s see!”

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Three Manchester United Stars On Shortlist For UEFA Europa League Player of the Season

Manchester United stars Zlatan Ibrahimović, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba have been shortlisted for the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award.

All three were inspirational in Manchester United winning the competition last term, a triumph that completed the English giants’ set of major UEFA club trophies.

Mkhitaryan and Pogba were on target in the 2-0 victory over Ajax in the Stockholm final, while Ibrahimović had scored five goals, including a round of 16 hat-trick against Saint-Étienne, before sustaining a serious knee injury late in the quarter-final second leg versus Anderlecht.

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Next Season’s Europa League Group Stage Is Taking Shape

Next season’s UEFA Europa League group stage is beginning to take shape, with Arsenal, Lazio, Lyon and Villarreal among 13 of the eventual 16 automatic qualifiers now known.

Europa League Automatic Qualifiers

  • Spain: Villarreal, Real Sociedad
  • Germany: Köln, Hertha Berlin
  • England: Arsenal
  • Italy: Lazio, Atalanta
  • Portugal: Guimarães
  • France: Lyon
  • Russia: Lokomotiv Moskva
  • Ukraine: Zorya Luhansk
  • Belgium: Zulte Waregem
  • Holland: Vitesse
  • Turkey: Konyaspor
  • Switzerland: Lugano

These teams would, as it stands, are assured of a UEFA Europa League group place next season. The other twenty-two group stage places will be decided via qualifying in the summer while ten more teams transfer from the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

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Mourinho Wants To Do What No Other United Manager Has Ever Done

Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to win the Europa League and “close the circle” of trophies decorating the club’s illustrious history.

Europe’s second trophy is the only one United have never won in either its current or previous form as the UEFA Cup.

Mourinho admits that, after a difficult April in which United failed to break into the Premier League’s top four by winning their games in hand, the Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo has taken on more significance.

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Mourinho Would Rather Win Europa League Than Finish Fourth

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he would prefer to win the Europa League than finish fourth in the Premier League.

United are up to fifth for the first time since September following Sunday’ s 3-1 win at Middlesbrough, but now that the Reds there is a growing feeling among the fans that Mourinho’s men can go all the way to the final on 24 May, with chants of “Follow, follow, follow, ‘cos United are going to Stockholm” ringing around the away end on Teesside.

And the United boss believes winning another trophy has added value to finishing fourth in the top flight.

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Manchester United Advance In Europa League

Jose Mourinho is praying he does not have to pile on the air miles in the last 16 of the Europa League when the draw is made in Switzerland on Friday.

Manchester United comfortably made the next round with a 1-0 win in France against Saint-Etienne to complete a 4-0 aggregate success.

Already in the hat for the draw ahead of the next set of matches in the last 16 with the Reds are Russian side Krasnodar and Germans Schalke.

Potentially clubs from the Ukraine, Israel, Greece and Romania could be United’s next opponents presenting a logistical nightmare.

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Mourinho Not Happy Despite United’s Europa League Romp

Jose Mourinho Man UnitedManchester United boss Jose Mourinho slammed his players’ attitude despite them securing a 3-0 victory over St Etienne in the Europa League.

United won the last-32 first leg at Old Trafford thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick, but the hosts survived some nervy moments, particularly in the first half.

When asked about the game afterwards, Mourinho admitted he was pleased with the result but was not so happy with his team’s focus in the build-up and during the clash.

Asked if he was happy with the scoreline, the Red Devils boss said: