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Dave: I miss Merlin (D. Silva). It’s like being loved for the first time with someone else … never quite right. Cue the James Blunt …
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United manager, BT Sport: « [Match in Turin] We are used to it, this is the world we live in, we have to adapt. It’s a great stadium, it’s unfortunate for Sociedad that they can’t. » play in Spain but we’re grateful to be here.
« This competition is the top priority because it’s the next game. Last year we ran out, this year we want to go all the way. This is a difficult one. «
» I want freshness, energy and players who play in the spirit of Manchester United. We want to change the dynamics, we are in bad shape right now – why not try? «Rachel T: Bale and Dele start. In other words: « Okay guys, show us what you have. »
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho to BT Sport: « I want to win. I don’t expect anything from Gareth [Bale]. I want to win. We want to be Group win. «
» If we can get some good individual performances in addition to winning – especially from players who don’t play regularly – that would be great. »
« If you’re not playing in the Champions League, you have to look at this competition with very strong eyes, mind and desire. We have a tough game against West Ham on Sunday. Can we throw this game and competition away? reject. » Do that.
« If you win, you get a place in the Champions League. And you win a trophy. You will play the European Super Cup next summer. There are many reasons. Play it seriously, forget Sunday. »
Jose Mourinho has won each of his last 12 Uefa Cup or Europa League knockout games – all seven in 2002/03 with Porto and all five in 2016/17 with Manchester United – including the finals .
He hasn’t lost an away game since December 2002 and lost 1-0 at Lens with Porto.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers in conversation with BT Sport: « The players play with confidence, but you have to Hungry and luckily these players are doing a lot of great work and they usually get the rewards for that. «
» Ricardo Pereira, we just have to watch out for the strain as he has not been around for a long time. He has great Work done since he came back, we know d that it’ll be cold out here, which could have risked the injury. It is better for him to be home ready for the weekend. It was the same with Timothy Castagne.
« I played here in a preseason game with Celtic a few years ago. They were a good team back then. They have confidence because they win a lot domestically. They have some quick ones Players counterattack and are direct. We. » I always have to be careful. It’s going to be a tough game for us, but we’re looking forward to it. «
Manchester United join the Europa League in the last division after being eliminated from the Champions League in the group stage, while Real Sociedad qualified second in Group F behind Napoli.
The teams have met only twice before – in the group stage of the 2013/14 Champions League when United won 1-0 overall.
United have not won their last nine games against Spanish clubs, but have had their last 16 knockout games The Europa League only lost once.
Man Utd have serious depth of attack but clearly their defense is still inconsistent after beating West Brom. Tonight should see if they deserve to be favorites. Or Ibrahimovic, to have one last hurray at AC Milan?
Leicester has only won one of its last seven away games in European competition and lost four of them.
In Slavia Prague’s last knockout game in one big In European competition they lost both legs to Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the 2018/19 Europa League.
Foxes striker Jamie Vardy has scored a goal in each of his last three games in a major European competition, which Kenneth Keyworths did Run for the club in 1961-62 matches. No Leicester player has ever scored at this level in four consecutive games.
Leicester winger Harvey Barnes says it’s the « motivation » for Three Lions players on the English squad for this summer’s European Championship to stand.
« Anyone can see the strength in depth and quality that England has so it’s not an easy task for anyone, » said Barnes.
« For the past 12 months I’ve been in relation to The statistics are very happy. I noticed the improvement in my numbers in terms of goals and assists before the start of the season.
« As an English player, the European Championship has to be a motivation to ensure that you are in this squad at the end of the season are.
« As long as I can keep my club form as good as ever and keep improving for the rest of the season, I’ll hopefully give myself the best possible chance. »
Spurs forward Son Heung-min says that Team despite its bad real form still lies behind boss Jose Mourinho.
Tottenham fell from the top of the table to ninth place and lost five of their last six games in all competitions.
« The mood went down when we got a couple had bad ones
Results, but the dressing room hasn’t changed. Everyone is happy and laughing and focused on every game. It’s bad
Mourinho said, » Regarding the pressure on this game, I don’t feel that. I feel responsibility. It’s about responsibility, motivation and ambition. We have already talked to the players about it and we will talk to them again. «
Tottenham’s game has been moved to the Puskas Arena in Budapest because Austria has banned travel from Great Britain due to Covid.
Wolfsberger head coach Ferdinand Feldhofer says his team lost their advantage – their trip to their home game took longer than Spurs’ trip because the English team flew and Wolfsberger got a six-hour coach.
« It would
would have been better if Tottenham could have figured out a situation in which they could
came to us, but we will make it in Budapest, « said Feldhofer.
» There is no advantage in playing here because we have more work to do to get here.
a longer trip and more trips. It’s just what the coronavirus situation is like
forces us to work so we accept it. «
David Silva is not the only familiar face United will face in Turin tonight as 26-year-old Adnan Januzaj takes on the club he joined in 2011 at the age of 16.
Januzaj broke into the first team under David Moyes but fell out of favor under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho and this week said all he needed to develop at United was « a coach who believes in me. » The headlines after the draw in December were of course not only that Manchester United had been drawn against the La Liga leaders at Real Sociedad – now fifth in the Spanish top division – but also that they were against the legend of Manchester City would play David Silva.
The 35-year-old, who has won four Premier League titles, moved to Sociedad last summer and is aware of the damage despite having struggled with injuries to the late United he can do.
Matt Dawson: David Silva at the start scares me. Has always been a bane of Man Utd and expects him to cut through every midfield at RSO as well. Really hope McFred keeps him out of the game.
Another possible trip for United.
Who will win it? Who will surprise us? Could any of the favorites have a shock at all?
There are five UK clubs in the knockout stages of the Europa League this season and everyone will believe they have a fair chance to get deep into the competition.
The four English teams – Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Leicester – are among the six favorites to win the trophy according to Nielsen’s Gracenote.
United has the greatest chance (17%), followed by Spurs (11% ) and Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen (8%).
Rangers have a 1% chance of success, but a 65% chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
Due to travel restrictions related to Covid-19, various Changes made to European relations.
Tonight, Real Sociedad’s home game against Manchester United will take place at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium in Turin. Wolfsberger welcomes Tottenham to the Puskas Arena in Budapest and Arsenal meets Benfica at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Brendan Rodgers only joins Leicester City once after the 3-1 win against Liverpool.
The Foxes have a number of injuries including Timothy Castagne, James Justin, Ayoze Perez and Wesley Fofana.
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