The matches between Barcelona, Frankfurt, Lyon, West Ham, Atalanta and Leipzig are still equal before returning, while Braga’s lead over Rangers is weak.
With Rent-A-Car, we evaluate these encounters.
Barcelona hooked from Frankfurt
Transformé depuis l’arrivée de Xavi Hernández, le FC Barcelone n’a peut-être qu’une infime chance de priver le Real Madrid du titre de champion d’Espagne, mais un UEFA premier titre en Europa League/Coupe UEFA reste à sa Bezel. The Catalans did not have an easy first leg match against Frankfurt. As Barcelona’s German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen said, “For the second leg, we know exactly what we have to do.”
Oliver Glasner’s team is not an easy opponent, unbeaten away from home in Europe this season (3 wins, 1 draw), and has scored at least once in each of these matches. She managed to hold Barca despite the last 12 minutes of the first leg played ten minutes after Tota was sent off. “Everyone can see that we can compete with them,” recalls Ansgar Knauf, top scorer in the first leg with the German national team.
Leon to avoid regret
The 1-1 draw in London looked like a good result on paper, but Lyon returned to France with some regret, having failed to advance despite being a 10-man contender throughout the second half. “We have to win this match,” coach Peter Boss said, so Lyon must do everything in their power to avoid regrets coming back.
The exclusion of left-back Aaron Cresswell deprives the Hammers of a key player in this crucial match. England coach David Moyes did not like his team when they were both 11 years old. Top scorer Jarrod Bowen expects a better performance in the Gaul capital: “We weren’t at our best, but we had chances. We’ll raise our level of play and we’ll be dangerous.”
Rangers led by Braga
“A goal is nothing,” said Giovanni van Bronckhorst after his side’s narrow defeat in Portugal. “In the second leg at home, we have to win by two goals to go to the semi-finals; we know what the task lies ahead. It looks simple on paper, but with striker Alfredo Morelos out until the end of the season, the Light Blues are not at their best.
The young Braga team led by Carlos Carvalhal came close to traveling to Scotland with two goals, and Ricardo Horta hit the post. The Monaco knocker may do so in the previous round. The last time Arsenalistas came to Ibrox they advanced 2-0 to lose 3-2.
Atalanta and Leipzig expect more goals
In the first leg, both teams touched the wood twice, Leipzig got a penalty, and if the match ended 1-1, it could have easily gone 3-3, 4-4 or 5-5. “We had more chances and we were disappointed because we felt we could win,” said Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
Atalanta have managed to cut off Leipzig’s supply for most of the confrontation and will be looking to beat their opponents in the second leg, although their hosts may have similar ideas. “We can’t just play on the counter-attack,” said Italian-born coach Domenico Tedesco. Striker Emil Forsberg added: “It’s all up to us at Bergamo and we believe we have the qualifications to get the result we need.”