Manchester United-Copenhagen: MU advances as a favorite
Without insulting FC Copenhagen, Manchester United may have drawn the most affordable of the other seven quarter-finalists. The Danes, beaten in the first leg by Istanbul Basaksehir (1-0), finally came out without a hitch on Wednesday (3-0). Second in their pool behind Malmö, the Lions are on paper a real class below MU. But it remains to be seen which Manchester United the Copenhageners will face them on Monday in Cologne. The MU of the first leg against LASK Linz (5-0 victory in Austria) and 3rd place in the Premier League, which surfs on the last two months of very high level, or that of the first half of the second leg on Wednesday last against LASK, who was moved by his opponent who had nothing more to lose? A priori, the answer is quite clear, especially as the Red Devils showed another face in the second half, especially after the entry into play of some of its holders who remained on the bench. MU has made this Europa League his end-of-season goal, and seems to be off to a good start. But be careful all the same when leaving the road.
Inter Milan-Bayer Leverkusen: Havertz on mission
⚽️ ♥ ️ pic.twitter.com/jypM6ZIXyz- Kai Havertz (@ kaihavertz29) August 7, 2020
As of now, every match is potentially Kai Havertz's last with his training club. The 21-year-old winger will leave Bayer Leverkusen this summer, likely for Chelsea, and only the German club's C3 journey is preventing a deal from closing. However, it is difficult to imagine the young international "swinging" the competition to be able to concentrate on his new challenge. Scorer in the first leg in the eighth against Rangers (3-1 victory), Havertz this time remained silent on his return to Germany (1-0 victory) on Thursday. But he has the opportunity to leave his club at heart, renowned for its lack of titles and its inability to seize good opportunities, with a European trophy at stake, or at least a European epic worthy of that of 2002 (finalist unhappy C1 against Real). On the other side, Inter still advance as a favorite, and the Nerazzuri, Getafe scorers in the previous round, have also checked the date of August 21 (date of the final) on their calendar. Inter have not lifted any official trophy since 2011, an eternity for this Italian giant who finally comes out of the water after a complicated pass. The Nerazzuri finally have the generation capable of putting an end to this dearth. But it will first be necessary to get rid of Leverkusen before dreaming of the next.
- Inter Milan bend Getafe and climb to Europa League quarterfinals
- Manchester United logically qualified for the top 8 of the Europa League