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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.

Man Utd and Arsenal expect the ticket to the next round of Europa League (Part 1)

The positive results in the first leg helped Man Utd, Arsenal easily win tickets to the 1/8 round of the Europa League in the series of rounds of the round of 1/16 today 27/2.

The recruitment of Bruno Fernandes provided a quick, powerful and effective push, exceeding the expectations of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In the four matches since the Portuguese midfielder appeared, the “Reds” were unbeaten. More importantly, the results and performances on the pitch of Man Utd increasingly go up. They opened February with a draw of Wolves 0-0, and just crushed Watford 3-0 in the last match.

Solskjaer, for more than a year at Old Trafford, always openly or hinted at the pursuit of offensive philosophy. For Fernandes, the Norwegian teacher has a playmaker in the middle. Not just passing the ball quickly and accurately, the former Sporting Lisbon player also knows how to dribble, escape pressing, good long shot and be an expert in fixed situations.

In the first leg of the round of 1/16 Europa League a week ago, Fernandes only appeared more than 10 minutes. Tonight, Man Utd fans expect him to shine, as he did last weekend.

Man Utd has many grounds to believe in a victory. Old Trafford is unbeaten in 17 of the last 18 matches in the Europa League. They are also in a series of six unbeaten matches in every arena. With the exception of Paul Pogba, the player who was absent for most of the 2019-2020 season, Solskjaer was full of mighty generals. The 47-year-old military commander must want to win, as a late birthday present (February 26).

Compared to Man Utd, Club Brugge is a regular in the Europa League. The last 10 seasons, including this season, five times they have participated in this tournament’s group stage, twice fell to the round of 16 after finishing third in the Champions League group stage. Man Utd season 2015-2016 defeated Brugge in the Champions League play-off round, causing the Belgian team to play in the Europa League.