Presentation of the first leg of the quarter-finals

Rangers, who host the fearless Barcelona, ​​meet the young Portuguese club Braga, and Olympique Lyonnais will try to save their season in West Ham. Zoom on European League quarter-final first leg.

Atalanta: a new German test

After eliminating third-placed Bayer Leverkusen, fourth-placed Bundesliga champions Atalanta will be the next challenge. Leipzig reached their second quarter-final in three Europa League attempts – the first in 2017/18 – while Dea last reached this stage in the UEFA Cup in 1990/1991. Leipzig coach Domenico Tedesco is “Personally very happy” For shooting the Italian outfit, saying he admires their move from A “yo yo club” to one Well organized team but whoto “fear their physicality”.

However, he knows that Leipzig has its own team Unique traits“Above all, Tedesco has Christopher Nkunko at its disposal. The 24-year-old has approached 30 goals in all competitions this season, including seven in the UEFA Champions League, and the in-star attacking midfielder has been called into the France squad for his first Once before the quarter-finals.

Bold Rangers vs Portugal Youth

The last meeting between these two sides in the 2019/20 season was Ryan Kent, who scored in the Round of 16 to knock out the Portuguese side at the Estadio Municipal in Braga. He scored again in Glasgow’s win over Crvena Zvezda in the round of 16 this season, and the winger promised the Blues it wouldn’t be. “It’s not just there for one day” And they will seek the semi-finals.

Both teams are now under new management. Giovanni van Bronckhorst is making his first quarter-final match as a coach in Europe, while Carlos Carvalhal seeks to lead his young team beyond the quarter-finals of the previous two seasons. “If you don’t have a dog, you fish with a cat”, Braga coach says, explaining: “We have given birth to 13 boys from the academy and we are still very positive.”

On the losing side in 2019/20, Braga striker Abel Ruiz intends to “to mark the date” When the two meet. However, after avoiding West Ham in the semi-final draw, Van Bronckhorst’s men are sure to have half their eyes on a potential All-British final in Seville.

Lyon in London to save their season

West Ham captain Mark Noble, who has declared his 18th season at the club to be his last, paid tribute to the hype. “Unusual” Inside the London Stadium in the previous round. The Hammers overcame a first-leg loss to drive out Europa League specialist Sevilla on an unforgettable night in East London and reach the last eight.

Peter Boss’ Lionel beat Porto to qualify, but the coach found “hard to explain” The irregular shape of the leonard. Lyonnais is currently in the middle of the standings in the French League, but they are still feeding ‘big ambitions’ In Europe, where they are still undefeated.

Meanwhile, West Ham are targeting European venues in England, and defender Ben Johnson believes Irons can compete With the best teams and kick off the European League. David Moyes will face an OL determined to salvage their season, but with a historic comeback in the Round of 16 and full of confidence, Pablo Fornals is thinking big: We are dreaming again […] Why stop?

Frankfurt optimistic against Barcelona qualify well

Kevin Trapp expects it to be Frankfurt Stadium “totally full” and that there is one “Nice weather” When Frankfurt, the 1979/80 UEFA Cup winner, hosts Barcelona in the first leg. The two teams have never met competitively, but Barcelona won 2-0 in the last friendly match in 1976.

To reach the quarter-finals, the German team got rid of Betis and “Honestly, if you pass against the fifth team for Spain, you can also pass against the third team”Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner said: However, Eintracht will face stiff competition from Xavi Hernandez, who has recorded an impressive winning streak recently.

The biggest threat to Barcelona will come from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has always been on a level since his arrival this winter. If the Gabonese striker needs an extra drive to score against Eintracht, he is just seven goals away from beating Radamel Falcao’s record (30 goals).

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