Granada will play Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the Europa League, while Villarreal will play Dinamo Zagreb. This has been dictated by the draw held in Nyon, which has also dictated the duels of the semifinals of the second continental competition. The Andalusians would face the winner of the Ajax-Roma final against the winner of Ajax-Roma, while the Valencians will face the winner of the tie between Arsenal and Slavia Prague. The matches will be held next Thursday, April 8 and 15. The semifinals are April 29 and May 6. The final is scheduled for May 26 at the Gdansk Arena in Poland.
Granada, in their first participation in a continental tournament, will play their way to the semifinals against a European champion such as Manchester United. The English team has just eliminated Milan and their showcases show three European Cups. The last one he achieved in 2008, with Cristiano Ronaldo in his ranks. In principle, the first leg will be played in Granada if the ban on flights from England, which ends on March 30, is not extended. The pairing has been good in Granada. The Andalusian club is aware of the great difficulty of the tie against a team that has stars such as Pogba, Rashford, Martial or Bruno Fernandes, but it also understands that it is a great prize after the fabulous tournament held and after eliminating Naples and the Mold.
“Being here is something unique. We are going to compete without complexes against Manchester. We trust in our possibilities and we are going to compete to the fullest. I hope to have all my players in this tie, “said Diego Martínez, coach of the Andalusian team.
Unai Emery’s Villarrreal, triple champion of the Europa League with Sevilla in 2014, 2015 and 2016, will play against Dinamo Zagreb. The Valencian team is the favorite in the tie, whose first leg will be played in Zagreb. Although, the Groguets know that they should not be trusted against a team that in the round of 16 was able to overcome a 2-0 win over José Mourinho’s Tottenham with three goals from Orsic.
The other two quarter-finals will feature a match between Ajax and Roma, two European football classics, and Arsenal – Slavia from Prague, a team that competes like a charm.