Europa League Season Preview 2018/2019

Europa League Season Preview 2018/2019

A number of top-class clubs will take part in the Europa League this term. Defending champions Atletico Madrid participate in the Champions League this season and it remains to be seen who will have a reason for celebration.

Over the years La Liga sides have established themselves as the dominant forces in Europa League. The Spaniards won four from last five Europa League trophies and we’ll see who is going to put an end to their thrilling run.

Atletico Madrid won the 2017/2018 Europa League trophy without any difficulties, with the team beating Olympique Marseille 3-0 in the title game. Los Rojiblancos represent Spain in the Champions League this term, but Sevilla are definitely capable of going all the way in the second most popular club competition.

Los Sevillanos won three of last five Europa League trophies and it remains to be seen if new coach Pablo Machin is going to help the Andalusians repeat the success. Fellow La Liga teams Real Betis and Villarreal aim to record a good result in the 2018/2019 Europa League season as well.

However, Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal could spoil the Spaniards’ party as they are considered main favourites to win the trophy. The Blues have been producing fine displays under new coach Maurizio Sarri, whilst the Gunners tactician Unai Emery is eager to bring glory days back to “Emirates Stadium” with a pretty descent squad.

Speaking of Bundesliga sides, Bayer Leverkusen, Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt will defend the honour of the German football in the Europa League this season. The Red Bulls were more than fortunate to eliminate Zorya of Ukraine in the play-offs, but they are definitely capable of playing an important role in the European competition this term.

Lazio and Milan should not be underestimated as well. Lazio chiefs did well to keep hold of Serbian superstar Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, meaning that the Biancocelesti are definitely capable of repeating the last-season’s success, when they made it to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. The Rossoneri made a slow start to the new Serie A campaign, but seeing that Juventus attacker Gonzalo Higuain joined the club in the summer transfer window, the Stadio San Siro outfit should not be written off just yet.

Olympique Marseille did well to make it to the Europa League final last season, but Atletico Madrid eventually proved to be a big catch for the Ligue 1 side. The OM once again have big ambitions for their Europa League campaign, but Dimitri Payet will have to prove their worth on the field. The likes of Rennes and Bordeaux represent France in the second best club competition this season as well.

Austrian champions Salzburg were eliminated by Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League play-offs, meaning that they will have yet another chance to record a good result in the Europa League after they made it to the semis of the competition last term.

Anyhow, given the quality of each of 12 groups, yet another entertaining Europa League campaign is ahead of us. We wish them good luck and may the best team win!

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