ESPN FC’s Julien Laurens reacts to the Europa League playoff round draw featuring Barcelona vs. Manchester United, Juventus vs. Nantes and Bayer Leverkusen vs. Monaco.
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So the draw for the uh Europa League Playoffs has been made to qualify for The last 16 with the teams dropping up From the champions league and the team That finished second in the European Europa League group stage and obviously We knew that somewhere there there would Be one huge tie and there is one huge Tie is obviously Barcelona against Manchester United it's Cristiano Ronaldo going back to the Company against ten hag is levandowski Against Cristiano he's Frankie DeYoung Between the two clubs one day he almost Joined in the summer and the one where He stayed in the summer it's gonna be Great I think tactically in terms of Atmosphere you can just imagine all Traffic and they come now being packed With great atmospheres I think it's hard to really pick a Favorite I think Barcelona slightly in The development that there are and some Of the key players that they have have To be the favorite but I think this is a This is the time that United can can win Too it's it's not so straightforward I Think for for this bus aside so it's Going to be fascinating Juventus avoided The big boy avoided United of course and They will play against not the French Side and they have to be huge favor here We've got sporting against Michelin We've got shakhtar against who
Considering the circumstances and the War in Ukraine have done amazing even to Qualify for this play of Thai there and In Iran they face a team that is very Entertaining very attacking and I think This one will be a great spectacle IX Against Union Berlin uh is great because Union are of course the surprise Surprise package of the Season they've Been they've been fantastic both in the Buddhist again in Europe but Ayax would be a huge test for them we've Said before with Gabriella that we think I asked can go really find this through A league this is a bit of a tricky tie But I still think IX will do it and then The last three Ties in in this playoff play of uh play Of games are all potentially Champions League games if you think about it by 11 Against Monaco the Kevin Fallen Derby Really volunt facing his old team now Monaco of course is going to be great Philippe Clement against chabi Alonso Again you can see this one being really End to end two very attack inside you've Got Sevilla against PSV Eindhoven Jorge Sampali trying to revive a bit the Severe season against Ruth Vanessa Roy And the PSV team will be ayax at the Weekend who are really flying in the League and it really well beat Arsenal In the group stage of the of the Europa League as well so this one is really a
50 50 time I really like the bio levels In Monaco and then finally Salzburg Against Roma Jose Mourinho hoping to go Find his competition after winning the The conference League last season uh and Obviously Salzburg and all their young Kids all their young Talent matches Justly as well so really the The pupil against the master in terms of Managers on the bench as well this one Is going to be fascinating too Well thank you very much for watching ESPN on YouTube for more sports Highlights and Analysis be sure to Download the ESPN app and for live Streaming premium content and let's not Forget as well ESPN FC seven days a week Subscribe to ESPN Plus