Valencia Y Villarreal will know this Friday their rival in the quarterfinals of the Europa League with the desire to avoid one of the big favorites to lift the title, among them the English Chelsea Y Arsenal and the Italians of Naples, who managed the pass with much suffering.
The team led by Carlo Ancelotti had won 3-0 in the first leg against Red Bull Salzburg, but on Thursday they suffered after falling 1-3 in the return match. The celestes clung to the goal of Milik - before reaching the quarter of an hour - to stay alive in Europe and now they will be one of the 'coconuts' to avoid.
On the same payroll are Arsenal and Chelsea, whose performance in the Premier League has not fulfilled expectations, but -obviously- is still a reference in the 'Old Continent'. Those of Unai Emery got after thrashing Rennes 3-0 with Aubameyang double, while those of Maurizio Sarri had no condescension with Dynamo Kyiv (0-5).
The 'blue' box, accustomed to competing in the 'Champions', is playing like a charm in the second continental competition. This Thursday he won and convinced the Ukrainian capital with Olivier Giroud, the author of a hat-trick. He completed the London win the Spanish Marcos Alonso and the local Hudson-Odoi.
Further, Eintracht Frankfurt -which eliminated Inter Milan- and Benfica they are the other possible rivals, just as they could also face each other. The draw will be pure, without heads of series, and begins this Friday at 13:00 in Nyon, the headquarters of UEFA. The dates of the matches will be 11 and 18 April.