The Europa League Thread


#241

Gent vs Genk…it’s a Belgian derby! :eyes:


#242

Wait… I thought Genk and Gent was the same team?! :eyes:


#243

#244

Freakin nailed it


#245

United’s easy route to the final.


#246

Awkward draw, no way I’d travel to Rostov or Krasnodar at the moment


#247

Yeah, it’s not that easy - it’s a long journey too, even longer if airlines are still refusing to fly over Ukraine! The 2 legs are also either side of their cup match at Chelsea. I suspect José may well sack off the FA Cup, or at the very least give a few players a rest.


#248

United could play mid 60s games in all competitions this season :scream:


#249

Yeah, if they beat Chelsea it’ll work out that they’ll have 3 PL games to catch up on, but if they go further in the Europa League there will only be 2 spare mid weeks in which to play them on, so the logistics of that one will be fun!


#250

Will be interesting to see if they prioritise the two legs against Rostov or the Fa Cup quarter final at Chelsea.

They have a big squad but I don’t think any squad in Europe can realistically avoid being affected by being in 4 competitions still in late Feb/March time


#251

Lovely stuff.


#252

C’mon Rostov :wink:
Copenaghen already up against Ajax.
Mikitharyan puts United up, Ajax equalize and Anderlecht make it 1.


#253

Europa League over :speak_no_evil:


#254

Random question: under the new rules, the winner of the Europa League and CL get CL football the next season not at the expense of any other team in the league, right? That is, City and United could win the CL and EL and finish 5th and 6th in England and we’d have 6 teams in the CL from England?


#255

The 4th would miss out.


#256

Because of City winning the CL or United winning the EL? Because Sevilla won the EL and there were 5 spanish teams in the competition this season, ie they entered at the expense of no one.


#257

The former.


#258

Man, that’s kinda retarded if you think about it, 4th place in a domestic league isn’t punished for club they finish above winning the EL, but is for club they finish above winning the CL. :hipster:


#259

2012 happened to Tottenumb :hipster:


#260

They’ve changed the rules since 2012 though. 5 teams from England is the maximum allowed in the CL now.