Fortune did not accompany Getafe in the Europa League round of 16 draw and will have to see faces with one of the favorites to win the title in Gdansk on May 27 at Ajax, coming from the Champions League group stage. Undoubtedly, of the three Spaniards, the Azulón team is the one that most appeared in the draw: Espanyol will face a tough confrontation with Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolverhampton, while Sevilla are the easiest a priori club to cross with Romanian Cluj.
To reach 16, Getafe will have to overcome an Ajax, currently champion and Eredivisie leader, semi-finalist of the last Champions League, who has on his team international players like Van de Beek, Tadic and Ziyech, among others. . The first stage will be at the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum on February 20, and the return in Amsterdam on 27: por styles and philosophy, the confrontation is expected as a real duel between Bordalás and Ten Hag.
For its part, Espanyol is not easy either. At the end of last Sunday's match between Tottenham and Wolves, in which the Spurs won at least, Mourinho warned that Nuno is one of the candidates to win the Europa League: "They can beat anyone in the Europa League; in England they have already won the right to fight for a higher position.". Among its stars is Adama Traoré, who is marking an excellent season and former Raúl Jiménez. Unlike Getafe, Espanyol will have the advantage of playing at home, as will Sevilla against Cluj.
On the other hand, Sevilla were lucky. It was one of the a priori rivals that seemed the most accessible and managed to avoid Rome, Olympiacos, Bruges and Eintracht, who were the ones who could theoretically put a Sevilla in more trouble than this year is once again one of the big favorites to increase what would be their sixth Europa League.
Other clashes include United-Bruges, Shakhtar-Benfica, Leverkusen-Porto and Olympiacos-Arsenal. The list of duels is completed by Copenhagen-Celtic, Sporting-Basakhesir, APOEL-Basel, AZ Alkmaar-Lask Linz, Eintracht-Salzburg, Wolfsburg-Malmoe, Roma-Gent, Ludogorets-Inter and Rangers-Braga.
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Thursday, February 27