After two days of UEFA Champions League clash now it’s time for UEFA Europa League tonight. Manchester United will travel to Rome to face AS Roma whereas Arsenal will take on Villarreal at home.
Manchester United has almost cemented their place in the final after a comprehensive win at home last week by 6-2. However, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned his team to not celebrate too early. In the pre-match press conference, he said, “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see we have challenges to be dealt with.”
“I would be sad if all the good work the players have gone got disrupted. Our focus is on playing well and getting to a final now.”- he added.
AS Roma boss Paulo Fonseca acknowledges his side has a mountain to climb to reach the final. He said, “It’s not easy to beat Manchester United 4-0, but I’ve seen many things happen in football. I believe in everything.”
On the other hand, Arsenal lost the first leg by 2-1. Nicolas Pepe’s second-half penalty handed Arteta’s side a crucial away goal. Arteta is confident that his side can turn the tie around tonight and reach the final.
He said, “It’s a big moment.”
“Not for me but for the club, for everything that has happened in the last two years, in the last months.”- he added.
Arsenal reached the Europa League final in 2019 under current Villarreal boss Unai Emery but was beaten 4-1 in Baku by Premier League rivals Chelsea.
“I think it will be really important and our biggest step forward if we are able to be in that final and have the opportunity to win that trophy.” Arteta said.
If Manchester United and Arsenal reached the final then we will see another all-English final in the European competition this season. In UEFA Champions League, Chelsea and Manchester City will face each other in the final. It will be interesting to see that whether the other two English clubs can do the same in UEFA Europa League as well.