Barcelona fell in need of expectations within the UEFA Champions League this season, ending third of their group behind Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, thus eradicated from the knockout stage of that competitors.
However issues will not get any simpler for Barcelona within the Europa League, because the membership dropped right down to the second-tier competitors by advantage of ending third of their Champions League group.
The draw for the knockout playoffs paired them with Manchester United, one other membership that many anticipate to be enjoying within the Champions League slightly than the Europa League.
If Xavi Hernandez’s aspect can get previous the Crimson Devils, they are going to earn a spot within the Spherical of 16 of the competitors the place one other set of opponents will await within the final 16 draw on February 24.
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Barcelona Europa League knockout playoffs draw
Barcelona have been drawn towards Man Utd within the Europa League knockout playoff draw.
As a result of Barcelona completed third of their Champions League group, they dropped to the Europa League and might want to progress by means of the knockout playoff spherical to achieve the competitors’s Spherical of 16.
Barcelona weren’t in a position to be drawn towards different Spanish golf equipment in both the knockout playoff spherical or the Spherical of 16. Ought to they advance previous Manchester United, they are going to face one of many different six golf equipment not named Actual Betis and Actual Sociedad.
🚨🚨🚨 Our Europa League opponents: Manchester United! pic.twitter.com/pMts6WaHPL
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 7, 2022
Barcelona Europa League knockout playoffs schedule
As an unseeded workforce, Barcelona will play the primary leg of their Europa League knockout playoff tie at dwelling, with the return leg at Outdated Trafford.
The primary leg of matches are scheduled to happen on Thursday, February 16, 2023, with that match on the Camp Nou. The second leg at Outdated Trafford will happen the next week on February 23.
- 1st Leg: Thurs, Feb. 16 (17:45 BST / 12:45 ET)
- 2nd Leg: Thurs, Feb 23 (20:00 BST / 15:00 ET)
Because of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November 2022, UEFA’s cup competitions are taking a much bigger break than regular between the group phases and knockout rounds.
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When is the Europa League Spherical of 16 draw?
Barcelona will hope to be among the many eight groups that emerge from the knockout playoffs to hitch the eight Europa League group winners within the competitors’s Spherical of 16.
that Europa League Spherical of 16 draw will happen the day after the conclusion of the knockout playoffs spherical: Friday, February 24, 2023 at 13:00 CET / 12:00 GMT / 07:00 ET.
For functions of this Spherical of 16 draw, the Europa League group winners will likely be thought of the seeded groups. The qualifiers from the knockout spherical playoffs will type the unseeded group.
The one restriction hooked up to the Spherical of 16 draw is that groups from the identical nation can’t be drawn collectively. That restriction disappears within the Europa League quarterfinal and semifinal attracts which each happen on March 17, 2023.
Europe Playoff Spherical
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Barcelona Europa League historical past
Barcelona had by no means performed within the present iteration of the Europa League earlier than final season, after they dropped from the Champions League for the primary time ever. The event was beforehand referred to as the UEFA Cup and the Festivals Cup.
Within the 2021/22 competitors, they performed Napoli within the knockout playoff spherical and downed Galatasaray within the Spherical of 16 earlier than falling to eventual champions Eintracht Frankfurt within the quarterfinals (4-3 on mixture).
They’ve now entered the Europa League in the identical method, doing so two seasons in a row after by no means having performed so beforehand.
Barcelona odds to win Europa League 2022/23
Regardless of their spotty outcomes this season in European play, Barcelona stay one of many high sides to win the Europa League due to dominant home success and their stature as one of many high golf equipment in Europe.
Arsenal, as Premier League leaders, are the highest workforce within the competitors in accordance with bookmakers. Fellow English membership Manchester United are thought of high contenders too.
Barcelona sees two Spanish golf equipment amongst the highest contenders as effectively, with Actual Betis and Actual Sociedad showing. Italian aspect Juventus is up there as effectively, alongside fellow Serie A aspect Roma.
Europa League winner odds for 2022/23
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