When is the Europa League quarter-final draw?


Arsenal beat Rennes on Thursday evening to hitch Chelsea within the quarter-final draw of the Europa League.

The Gunners have been made to work laborious for his or her place within the hat, coming from 3-1 down after the primary leg to win 4-Three on combination.

Chelsea’s progress was a lot smoother, easing their well beyond Dynamo Kiev and scoring eight targets with out reply over the 2 legs.

The 2 English golf equipment be part of Benfica, Frankfurt, Napoli, Valencia, Villarreal and Slavia Prague within the draw after the latter beat Sevilla in additional time. 

That end result means their will probably be no romantic assembly for Emery together with his former membership, however will probably be a lift for the opposite sides left within the competitors.

When is the Champions League quarter-final draw?

The draw will happen on Friday 15 March at 12pm GMT.

The semi-final draw will then happen instantly afterwards.

As standard, the draw will probably be held in Nyon, Switzerland – the house of Uefa.

How can I watch the draw?

The draw will probably be proven dwell on BT Sport 2.

Additionally, you will be capable of stream the draw through Uefa.com.

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Which groups are within the draw?

  • Arsenal (ENG)
  • Benfica (POR)
  • Chelsea (ENG)
  • Frankfurt (GER)
  • Napoli (ITA)
  • Slavia Praha (CZE)
  • Valencia (ESP)
  • Villarreal (ESP)

How does the draw work?

There isn’t any seeding or nation safety within the Europa League quarter-final or semi-final draw.

The semi-final draw takes place instantly afterwards, that means groups will instantly know their potential paths to the ultimate.

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Celtic fans involved in violent clashes with Spanish police ahead of Europa League tie against Valencia


Earlier than a ball has been kicked in Celtic’s Europa League spherical of 32 second-leg, the headlines have been fixated by violent clashes between Spanish police and followers.

Valencia’s police headquarters Jefatura Superior de Policía have confirmed that six Celtic followers have been arrested final evening, 5 of which for disorderly conduct and one for alleged drug trafficking.

Behind 2-Zero on combination, 1000’s of Hoops have voyaged to Valencia to help their group regardless of a restricted 2,500 allocation as a result of Spanish Authorities’s Anti-Violence Fee’s “high-risk” categorisation of the fixture.

Along with restricted help, high-risk additionally means a closely elevated safety presence. An unpleasant report on the continent, Celtic add to the lengthy historical past of incidents the place British followers come into battle with police.

Footage reveals massive teams of Hoops supporters confronting Valencia’s police power, and being unmercifully set upon with truncheons. Different footage depicts the police stamping on dropped belongings of their adversaries.

Celtic supporters have brought on confrontations with police in Valencia (PA)

Studies have surfaced that followers as younger as 15 have been overwhelmed by Spanish police.

Valencia introduced which have closed their stadium ticket workplace over security considerations.

“For security causes, Valencia CF have taken the choice to not open the ticket workplace at Mestalla right this moment.

“Valencia CF apologise for any inconvenience that this measure, which has been taken with the data of UEFA, the police and Celtic FC within the pursuits of fan security, could trigger a few of our supporters,” the membership mentioned.

Followers with out tickets have additionally been advised there can be no fan-zone to observe the sport in.

Supporters now hand over the combating to Valencia and Celtic for a spherical of 16 spot at 5:55pm.

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Crystal Palace racing against the clock to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on last-gasp loan


Crystal Palace are racing in opposition to the clock to barter a take care of Chelsea and signal Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi.

The Eagles had been all in favour of Batshuayi throughout his time at Marseille after which once more earlier than he went on mortgage to Valencia, the membership at which he spent the primary half of this season earlier than being forged out by under-fire boss Marcelino.

Valencia advised Batshuayi and Chelsea earlier this month that the Belgian was not of their plans and that he was free to search out one other membership, with curiosity from a number of Premier League and La Liga sides in taking him on mortgage.

On deadline day there have been define agreements for Batshuayi to maneuver to Actual Betis and West Ham United, just for sources at West Ham to later say Batshuayi had priced himself out of a transfer together with his wage expectations.

Palace insiders don’t, nevertheless, count on private phrases to be a stumbling block. An even bigger hurdle shall be that a lot of the switch is but to be agreed between golf equipment, with time operating out and different suitors having famous Chelsea enjoying hardball over phrases of a mortgage or sale.

For the participant’s half, he can be glad to remain in London and wish to be part of the Selhurst Park membership.

Palace have spent a lot of this month reducing salaries from their wage invoice, with Jonny Williams, Jason Puncheon and Jordon Mutch all leaving the membership and Alexander Sorloth loaned out.

Batshuayi’s mortgage to Valencia was cancelled this night (Getty)

Bakary Sako rejoined from West Bromwich Albion on a short-term deal and Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Perri arrived on mortgage.

Roy Hodgson appeared to criticise Palace’s switch coverage in his press convention on Thursday, suggesting he had no want for a brand new goalkeeper.

Whereas the squad is taken into account slightly skinny in some areas, the damage disaster up entrance appeared to have abated with Connor Wickham and Christian Benteke each returning to full health in latest weeks and impressing the teaching employees.

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Valencia vs Manchester United player ratings: Paul Pogba and Phil Jones struggle as Carlos Soler impresses


Manchester United missed out on the possibility to qualify on the high of their Champions League group after shedding 2-1 towards Valencia. Juventus had been surprisingly overwhelmed Younger Boys, which meant Jose Mourinho’s facet wanted to win to advance as group winners.

Carlos Soler opened the scoring with a superb solo end earlier than Phil Jones gifted the hosts a second moments after the break with a calamitous personal objective following a mix-up with goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

United introduced on Ashley Younger, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard within the second half in an try to overturn the scoreline, as a substitute of brining on academy gamers James Garner or Mason Greenwood as Mourinho beforehand hinted he may, however they had been unable to get again into the sport.

They may now journey again to Manchester and start preparations to face Liverpool on Sunday as they give the impression of being to shut the hole on the highest 4 within the Premier League.

Scroll via the gallery beneath to see how we rated the gamers from Mestalla.

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Manchester United’s almost jazz-inspired incoherence is a bleak reminder of their directionless state


Do you keep in mind that bit they used to do through the X-Issue closing, once they invited again all of the worst rejected auditionees from earlier within the sequence, and obtained them to sing a discordant, hilariously inept medley? Effectively, Manchester United had been just a little like that right here: a cobbled-together facet placing collectively a cobbled-together efficiency that skirted the boundary between leisure and public humiliation.

For United’s followers, in the meantime, an unwelcome journey by way of a corridor of ghosts. A bleak reminder, albeit in a largely tutorial sport, of the numerous missteps and missed alternatives which have introduced them so far: sixth within the Premier League, formless and directionless, a medley of variously proficient people who as soon as, not so way back, might have been one thing.

It was a weakened United – of their line-up, solely Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku had began no less than half of their Premier League video games this season – however on paper no less than, it wasn’t a weak one. It boasted a full set of 11 internationals, 591 caps, 245 Champions League appearances, and just about each main trophy within the sport: World Cups, Premier Leagues, a Champions League, a Copa Libertadores. It was a reminder that when Jose Mourinho complains on the paucity of assets at his disposal, this £380m meeting is his concept of a second string.

Simply as related, although, was the truth that these gamers had been signed by 4 completely different managers, to suit 4 completely different kinds of play, and just about the one factor they’d in widespread was their eye-watering price ticket. It confirmed, too: this was a efficiency of just about jazz-inspired incoherence, as the varied ghosts of United’s current eras tried gamely and vainly to get a tune going.

At instances, you would even establish the constituent components. There was a snatch of Van Gaal-era United within the lengthy, somnolent durations of tepid reflection. A bouquet of Moyes within the leaden passing and occasional defensive calamity. A pinch of early Mourinho within the rugged physicality and the virtually painful lack of ambition. Even just a little Ferguson tribute in Marcus Rashford’s late objective and the grizzled injury-time rearguard.

It was only a disgrace that by that time, Valencia – a crew much better than their 15th place in La Liga would recommend – had out-passed and out-thought them, swollen with the righteous rage of Fellaini’s handball objective in opposition to Younger Boys a fortnight in the past that had eradicated them and put United by way of. However to a big diploma United had been the writers of their very own painful dirge, a crew disadvantaged of its cohesion by a supervisor who repeatedly eschews continuity in favour of the punishment dropping.  

Nothing exemplified this higher than Phil Jones’s personal objective early within the second half: a breakdown in communication with Sergio Romero that you would scarcely have choreographed extra calamitously. The injury-plagued Jones is, alas, a defender starting to look more and more out of step with each passing season, as individuals cotton onto his behavior of pointing and shouting at his team-mates to cowl an area that fairly often, he ought to have been protecting himself.

The undercooked Marcos Rojo, a World Cup finalist in his higher days, appeared haunted and banal, and was put out of his distress at half-time. Lukaku, together with his slaloming runs and muscly grapples, appeared each inch the elite world-class striker, except you additionally selected to take a look at the ball. And the variety of instances a United participant merely let a Valencia opponent run straight previous them may have infuriated Mourinho, who may have underlined the golden alternative to win the sport and high the group.

There have been vivid spots, too: Juan Mata, all confidence methods and misdirection, like a cheeky uncle who wraps a pound coin in your palm after which pulls it out from behind your ear. Fred had a good sport in midfield. Eric Bailly stays a participant of outstanding promise. And on the age of 31, Marouane Fellaini stays devastatingly efficient, having lastly labored out what he can do and extra importantly what he can’t.

However for essentially the most half, a crew of lavish expertise and unrivalled pedigree ended up trying like a kind of acrid tribute act to their former selves. What’s occurred right here? How did United turn into a crew of such curdled, annoyed abilities? How are so many of those gamers nonetheless on the membership? Why haven’t they improved? And why, within the face of all of the proof, did Mourinho not take the chance to throw in a pair extra younger gamers in a extra low-pressure atmosphere?

To reply that query – a compound failure of recruitment, teaching, technique and ways – would require a complete new article. However there was a sure irony in the truth that having misplaced this night, United trooped off the pitch to find that Juventus had additionally misplaced their closing group sport to Younger Boys. A United win would have seen them high the group and keep away from many of the strongest groups within the spherical of 16. As an alternative, you believe you studied they might be about to get what they deserve.

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Jose Mourinho admits he is ‘not surprised’ by Manchester United’s underwhelming loss to Valencia


Jose Mourinho admitted he was “not stunned” by his Manchester United group’s newest defeat, as they fell 2-1 away to Valencia to squander an opportunity to complete prime of their Champions League group.

Juventus’s surprising defeat to Younger Boys would have let United again in, however a dismal show noticed them crushed by a aspect who’re at the moment 15th in La Liga.

“I didn’t be taught something from this recreation, nothing that occurred shock me in any respect,” Mourinho mentioned. “No no no.

“Earlier than the sport I advised the gamers if we win tonight and Juventus win we did our job if we don’t win and Juventus doesn’t win, we will blame ourselves.”

The Portuguese even added that the group solely got here again late on as a result of he made adjustments he “didn’t need to make”, bringing on Jesse Lingard, Ashley Younger and Marcus Rashford, with the striker then claiming a late header. Mourinho now has choice points forward of the journey to Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday, however solely due to accidents. Marcos Rojo is now out of that recreation so as to add to the checklist the supervisor relayed.

“In the long run my group improved once I made the adjustments I didn’t need to make. Which is slightly little bit of frustration as a result of I didn’t need to play the three gamers I performed within the second-half.

“[Chris] Smalling is injured, [Victor] Lindelof is injured, [Matteo] Darmian is injured, [Anthony] Martial is injured, [Diogo] Dalot is injured, the one two gamers I may carry and didn’t was [David] De Gea and [Nemanja] Matic. 

“These have been the 2 adjustments I say that might play, aside from that no one.”

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