2020-21 UEFA Europa League Round of 32 draw gets underway
2020-21 UEFA Europa League Round of 32 draw gets underway.
Four English clubs have made their way into the Round of 32 as the draw for the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League got undrway at Nyon, Switzerland on Monday evening.
Manchester United will run into in-form La Lig side Real Sociedad in the Round of 32 of this seasson’s Europa League while a struggling Arsenal will confront Portugues giants Benfica. Leicester City will visit Prague to face Slavia Praha in the first leg of the knock-out phase while Tottenham Hotspur will play Austrian club Wolfsberger. All four English teams were seeded and will play away from home first as the Round of 32 kicks off from 18th February next year.
A Europa League regular and six-time champions Sevilla will not be part of the 2020-21 edition have won the trophy last season and qualified for the Champions League.
Two former European champions in the form of Red Star Belgrade and AC Milan run into each other with the latter having a stupendous season in Serie A topping the tables. Last season’s runners-up Inter Milan failed to make an entry into the competition having finished at the bottom of their Group in the ongoing Champions’ League.
Apart from Ajax, Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk, United are one of the ousted Champions League teams to now be involved in the knockout rounds of the competition, though the draw seems unkind for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side despite being seeded. Their opponents for the Round of 32, Real Sociedad sit at the top of the La Liga table and have only lost twice so far this season across all competitions, their success being driven by the advent of ex-man City stalwart and Spanish international David Silva.
Arsenal will travel to Lisbon, Portugal, to play their first leg against Benfica. While have fared much better in their European sojourns, the Gunners are going through one of their worst Premier League seasons in four decades and are currently just three places away from relegation territory.
Arsenal’s North London neighbours, Tottenham, will travel to Austria to play Wolfsberger when they resume their Europa League campaign in early 2021 while Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City will be on the road to Czech Republic for the first leg of their tie with Slavia Prague.
The double legged fixtures will take place from 18th to 25th February, 2021.
Europa League last-32 draw
- Wolfsberger v Tottenham
- Dynamo Kyiv v Club Bruges
- Real Sociedad v Manchester United
- Benfica v Arsenal
- Red Star Belgrade v AC Milan
- Royal Antwerp v Rangers
- Slavia Prague v Leicester
- RB Salzburg v Villarreal
- Braga v Roma
- Krasnodar v Dinamo Zagreb
- Young Boys v Bayer Leverkusen
- Molde v Hoffenheim
- Granada v Napoli
- Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Shakhtar Donetsk
- Lille v Ajax
- Olympiakos v PSV Eindhoven
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