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Europa League: the three posters of the round of 16 not to be missed


Cavani and Manchester who enter the competition or Gattuso to save his head in Naples: here are three appointments not to be missed this Thursday in the Europa League.

Real Sociedad-Manchester United, the Red Devils scarecrows

Winner of the Europa League in 2017, Manchester United would be well given that.

The Red Devils, semi-finalists last year, have a little crisis in the Premier League with a victory in the last 5 matches.

But their exit from the Champions League, with a defeat on the last day of the group stage against Leipzig (2-3), has been digested.

In the round of 16 of C3 stands up against them Real Sociedad, which will host in ... Turin, health context requires.

The Basques have never passed a knockout round in the European Cup in the 21st century.

But their 5th place in La Liga is no accident.

“It's a great challenge against a great team,” summarized Real coach Imanol Alguacil.

A team which will be amputated by Paul Pogba, injured in the right thigh and which "will not play in February, for sure", according to his coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Benfica-Arsenal, shock of the sick

Here too, we are relocating.

Benfica will host Arsenal not in Lisbon but in Rome, at the Olympic stadium.

With 13 points behind Sporting, leader of the Portuguese championship, SLB is in crisis.

Coach Jorge Jesus, who took Benfica twice to the Europa League final (2013 and 2014), missed his return to the Lisbon bench last summer.

The C3 can restore balm to the heart, but we must still rule out Arsenal who have won ... all their matches in the group stage, certainly against the modest teams of Molde, Rapid Vienna and Dundalk FC.

A record that contrasts with that in England, where the Gunners are ranked 10th in the Premier League and eliminated from the two cups.

But we can see bits of blue sky in London, especially after dominating Leeds on Sunday (4-2).

Mikel Arteta said he was "very, very happy" with his players and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, author of a hat-trick.

Arsenal: Tierney back to training before Benfica

Granada-Naples, Gattuso seeks the light

Roller coaster in Campania.

Gennaro Gattuso's Napoli alternated victory and defeat in Serie A, where they ranked 5th, 10 points behind the interior leader.

The failures in the Italian Cup semi-finals against Atalanta (0-0, 1-3) and in the Supercopa against Juventus (0-2) have harmed the Italian coach, on the selette.

The setback inflicted on the same Juve in the league on Saturday (1-0) saved him time.

An elimination by Granada from the round of 16 of the Europa League could seal Gattuso's future.

Especially since the Spanish club, 8th in Liga, has not won for 5 matches in the league.

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Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-02-17

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