Just as the Champions League quarterfinal draw was pulled earlier this morning, so too has the Europa League. With Everton crashed out of the tournament, no English clubs are left, but a pair of Italian teams as well as some Eastern European clubs remain. Here’s a look at the quarterfinal matchups.
Wolfsburg vs Napoli
The best matchup of the draw features the white-hot Wolfsburg attack, which pounded Inter for five aggregate goals, against the stout back line of Napoli. While the Italian club has struggled to keep goals out in league play, they’ve conceded just four goals in 10 Europa League matches thus far, keeping a whopping seven clean sheets and stifling the competition.
But they’ll face their toughest test yet, as Bas Dost and Kevin de Bruyne come in on absolute fire, with understudies Andre Schurrle and Daniel Cagliuri right on their heels. Should be an entertaining matchup.
Sevilla vs Zenit St. Petersburg
The Europa League remained determined to keep Ukranian and Russian sides apart for political reasons, so Zenit couldn’t draw Dnipro or Dynamo Kiev. The Russian league leaders got the holders of the cup, Sevilla, instead. Sevilla won back-to-back titles in the competition in 2006/07, and are looking to pull off the same feat, this time with a spot in the Champions League on the line.
Dynamo Kiev vs Fiorentina
Dynamo, the current league leaders in Ukraine, pulled Italian side Fiorentina who ran through a struggling Roma team last time out. Dynamo, currently leading the Ukranian league, won big themselves in their last round, coming from 2-1 down to crush Everton in the second leg.
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk vs Club Brugge
Club Brugge remains the only unbeaten club in the competition, and after dispatching Besiktas last round they’ll take on Ukranian side Dnipro. The Belgians currently lead their league table and therefore are in a Champions League spot, but they could also earn one by winning the Europa League this year. Dnipro, meanwhile, knocked out Ajax on away goals and will be buoyed by that strong result.