Europa League, quarter-final draws. Juventus-Sporting Lisbon and

Europa League, quarter-final draws.  Juventus-Sporting Lisbon and

Of Alessandro Bocci

Here are the pairings for the Italian teams in the Europa League: Allegri draws the third team from Portugal (and if he wins, he risks Manchester United engaged with Sevilla). For Mourinho the re-edition of the Conference League final

Roma are doing better than Juventus
. The draw for the quarterfinals of the Europa League in chiaroscuro. Allegri draws Sporting Lisbon, who have just eliminated Premier League leaders Arsenal, but a possible challenge for the black and whites. Especially if the coach from Livorno is able to recover the best Di Maria and find the real Vlahovic.

For Sporting, which after Benfica-Inter widens the boundaries of the clash between the Italian and Portuguese schools, he shouldn't be underestimated. Ruben Amorim's team deserves respect given that they lost the Champions League in the last match of the group stage against Eintracht Frankfurt. but he had beaten Conte's Tottenham. Furthermore, Juve risks finding the bogeyman Manchester United in the eventual semifinal that the English at Old Trafford will play against Sevilla. There could be Pogba's suggestive return to his old home, but it's better not to trust too much in the recovery of Octopus Paul. Juve, Pogba or not Pogba, has its destiny in hand, even if now the Europa League becomes a kind of Champions.

Rome smiles

Mourinho smiles. Feyenoord-Roma last season's Conference League final, decided by a goal from Zaniolo, who has now gone to Turkey, to Galatasaray. But even the Dutch, who have just scored 7 goals against Shakhtar, have changed and even improved, as the Rotterdam team first in the Eredivisie with three points ahead of rivals Ajax in the next round of the championship. Roma will be needed better, but the quality of the Giallorossi is superior. Mou's gang, in the eventual semifinal, would find the winner of the challenge between the revelation Union St Gilloise and Bayer Leverkusen: the final is not an impossible goal.

March 17, 2023 (change March 17, 2023 | 1:53 pm)

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