Villarreal and Valencia drawn together in Europa League quarter-final

Paola Ditto
Marzo 16, 2019

"I prefer to face them in the final", he added.

The Premier League side will now await Friday's draw to see who they will face in the quarterfinals, with a spot in the Champions League on offer for the victor of the second-tier European continental tournament.

While Chelsea's progression was as comfortable as it could get, Arsenal managed to scrape through to the last eight.

Insigne is of course the biggest miss for the Serie A side, as a vital source of creativity and goals - as well as leadership since Marek Hamsik left to play out his career in the Chinese Super League.

Whoever goes through will be up against one of Villarreal or Valencia, another tough tie.

Villarreal take on fellow Spanish side Valencia with Portuguese team Benfica playing Germany's Eintracht Frankfurt.

The winners of the second semifinal will be classed as the home team in the final for operational purposes.

First and foremost, Napoli are a formidable defensive unit.

Victory on Merseyside would be a major boost to their hopes of finishing in the Champions League places, then, although it would take a win by six clear goals for them to end the day in fourth.

They won 3-0 against Dynamo Kiev in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

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That has left Napoli exhibiting a form of post-Sarriball, with some of their possessional dominance traded for pace, sharpness and tactical flexibility. Spurs' victors in the world's oldest football competition Crystal Palace are facing Watford in the Quarter-Finals. It has not, so far, been quite as successful as the real thing, but Ancelotti is a shrewd coach and strategist and Unai Emery will have to get his tactical response right.

Insigne has grown from peripheral figure into key man during his time at Napoli, where he rose through the ranks.

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