The Europa League Round of 32 certainly threw up some surprises to the football fraternity and again the round of last 16 is yet here with another interesting matches that would see an ever interesting matches to watch.
Rangers vs Antwerp was definitely the tie of the round of 32, with Steven Gerrard’s men a former Liverpool legend eventually notching a 9-5 aggregate win over the Belgian outfit.
As for the English sides in the competition, Arsenal won on a highly competitive match thanks to a late comeback in the second leg, scrape past Benfica.
Manchester United hammered Real Sociedad 4-0 in the first meeting in Turin between the pair and held out for a 0-0 draw in the return tie.
Leicester City were not spared from the competition as they suffered exit from the competition after a thrilling 2-0 loss from Czech outfit Slavia Prague.
Napoli’s exit was another set surprise of its own, although they say nothing is impossible in football, everyone from the football pundits to the fans expected Napoli to knock out Granada but surprisingly it was other way round.
So, barring perhaps Ajax, the English sides left in the competition are, especially United, probably viewed as some of the favorite’s to clinch the trophy ahead of the last-16.
The last-16 draw has further thrown up some rather interesting ties for the English sides again.
Ole Gunner Solskjaer men Manchester United have been drawn to one of the tougher draws in the group as they face an AC Milan side that is 2nd in the Serie A.
Manchester United clash with AC Milan would see former United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is enjoying an exciting career at the Italian League return to Old Trafford to face his former club.
Elsewhere, Arsenal have been drawn against Olympiacos. The Greek side knocked Arsenal out of the competition in the round of 32 last year. It is a decision that seems not to have gone well with the Arsenal fans drawing them this season yet again.
We sampled some of their comments below;
cant believe we’ve got olympiacos again😭😭
— 𝖈𝖚𝖇👺🥛 (@MotivatedCub) February 26, 2021
I can’t believe we got olympiacos again ffs…. pic.twitter.com/ppoWpOHjRO
— Sam 🏴 (@XSamuel1886V2) February 26, 2021
The remaining English side, Tottenham, have been drawn against Dinamo Zagreb. View the full draw below:
🔥 Round of 16 draw! 🔥
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) February 26, 2021