Friday, 16 March 2012

The Spanish are avoided in the Europa League

THE draw

The truth is that there has been lucky in the draw for the quarterfinals of the Champions League: Spanish teams ranked three different rounds played. Lucky for the neutral fan wants to see them go as far as possible, but also for themselves, who thus avoid some of the most complicated equipment hype. So, Atletico Madrid will face Hannover 96 German, Dutch AZ Alkmaar Valencia and Athletic, which has had less success at Schalke 04, Raul and jury. The first legs will be on March 29, and back on 5 April.

We promised them to us happy with this year's Europa League due to the high level of the contending teams, both coming from the group stage and the third in the Champions League, including Manchester giants, but in knockout round has been a renowned computer screen has faded in the scenario part of the tournament. Manchester United, Manchester City, PSV , Udinese, Besiktas or Valverde's Olympiacos were left out, leading to several surprises. Although, if in the Champions League, why would not occur in the younger sister.

Following the historic qualification to the Manchester Athletic Club will face perhaps the toughest team apart from the Spanish lottery, Schalke 04, with a group that knows what it is to compete in Europe since last year reached the semifinals of Champions. In its ranks has a streak Huntelaar and Raul, which can always expect something positive. He was not easy the German team to get rid of Twente Dutch, but his punching power did the rest. The trip will be in Gelsenkirchen and back in San Mamés. Uncertain prognosis, although in Bilbao, after defeating the Red Devils to see who's talking about impossible.

Valencia, after eliminating the authority to PSV Will continue going to the Netherlands but this time to face the current leader of the competition, an AZ that despite losing important as effective Argentine goalkeeper Romero, the middle or central Schaars Hector Moreno, now at Espanyol, has a large block which stands an old acquaintance who had no luck in the League and the American Jozy Altidore, who has reunited with the goal in the Eredivisie. Having eliminated Udinese Di Natale realize the danger of Dutch club. The trip will be back in Holland and at the Mestalla.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have had a priori lot kinder to the modest Hannover 96, a computer that is experiencing one of the highlights of its history and was on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League last season . A team that won the cup for his country in 1992 while in the second division and fighting against relegation. Currently seventh in the Bundesliga, bases its strength on the counter and some of its main players are Norwegian Abdellaoue or Senegalese Diouf. Unlike other Spanish teams, the mattress will play the first leg at home and return home.

Regarding the remaining contest, was about to suffer Sporting a big comeback by Manchester City, which was brought from Lisbon a 1-0 win against England and lost 0-2 to rest after a disastrous first part of Mancini But led by a great Aguero turned the score and won the game 3-2, staying at a goal of passing the quarter. The Portuguese will face Ukrainian Metalist, who has starred in one of the big surprises after eliminating Olympiakos Fuster, Marcano, Orbaiz and Ibagaza.

If last year was the Europa League from the Portuguese, with three teams in the semifinals (curiously, Sporting was not one of them) this may be the year of the Spanish. In the semifinals could be cited Atletico and Valencia, which already saw a couple of years ago in this same competition when Atletico ended up champion. Meanwhile, Athletic face the winner between Sporting and Metalist. And is that Spanish is the league has more representatives in both Champions League and in Europe.

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