Tag: Champions League

Man Utd and Arsenal expect the ticket to the next round of Europa League (Part 2)

Constantly attending the Europa League, but Brugge’s record is modest. They have never won this tournament. Including the stage also known as Cup C3, Brugge has just reached the final once. In the Europa League era, their farthest advance was in the semifinals of the 2014-2015 season, before losing to Dnipro.

The 1-1 draw at home made it difficult for Brugge. They are forced to rise offensive. In contrast, the consignment desk in Belgium helped Man Utd enter the match with psychological comfort. In the last 10 minutes of the first leg, Fernandes helped “Reds” to create more chances than the previous 80 minutes. This time, the 25-year-old midfielder will have more time to make a mark.

At the same time as the match of Man Utd, Arsenal received Olympiakos at the Emirates, with a pocket money of 1-0 victory thanks to a goal of Alexandre Lacazette. The “Gunners” victory is even more significant when before, Olympiakos unbeaten 18 home matches in all competitions. It also added credibility to Lacazette, who was rumored to leave the Emirates in the summer of 2020 by two months earlier. Last weekend, the French striker was bench and likely to start tonight.

Like Man Utd, Arsenal is on the rise. They are unbeaten since the beginning of 2020, and are in a three-match winning streak. The main reason is that the pillars regained their performance. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace to help Arsenal win against Everton.

Nicolas Pepe rediscovered the improvisation phase when playing freely on the wing, and Bukayo Saka increasingly made home fans think of Ashley Cole thanks to the excellent support skills set.

Arsenal has encountered Olympiakos many times in the European arena, but in the Champions League. In the latest competition at the Emirates, Olympiakos once surprised when beating Arsenal 3-2 in September 2015. The two who entered the field that day – Ozil and Hector Bellerin – remained the “Gunners” pillar after more than four years.

Among the candidates to win the Europa League this season, only Ajax is at a disadvantage after the first leg. The defending Dutch champion lost to Getafe 0-2 away, and was forced to score at least three goals to reverse the situation.

Liverpool overwhelmed the typical UEFA team

The defending champion of the Champions League accounts for half of the typical team voted by fans on the UEFA website.

The first member from Liverpool is goalkeeper Alisson. The defending Champions League also plays a backbone in the defense, contributing three players including Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Virgil Van Dijk. The remaining position of the defender belongs to Matthijs De Ligt, the former Ajax defender who now plays for Juventus.

Liverpool have a bunch of players that can form an unbeatable team

The last member from Liverpool is Sadio Mane. According to the arrangement of the fans, Mane played as a winger. This arrangement is somewhat different from reality, where he plays as a winger for Liverpool and Senegal.

The fans also ranked Messi (Barca) in the winger position. The two central midfield positions belong to Frenkie De Jong (Barca) and Kevin De Bruyne (Man City).

In the strikers, fans choose Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) and Robert Lewandowski (Bayern). In particular, Lewandowski is impressed with 40 goals in 47 matches in 2018-2019 season and 30 goals in 25 matches in the first half of 2019-2020 season.

With five members, Liverpool is the team that makes the biggest contribution to the representative team. Barca and Juventus came in second with the same two members, while Man City and Bayern had one player.

The fact that Liverpool almost occupied the defensive system of the typical team also shows the solid foundation of the victory. Without the best defense system today, it is difficult for attackers like Mane, Mohamed Salah, or Roberto Firmino to go far.

Building a victory from the defense also shows how correct coach Jurgen Klopp spent large sums on buying Alisson and Van Dijk. In addition, he also has the talent to turn poor starting players like Alexander-Arnold, or Andy Robertson into big stars.