Europe’s second-tier competition returns to action on April 13 with the quarter-final draw having determined the fate and path of the remaining eight teams in this season’s campaign. Juventus beat SC Freiburg 3-0 on aggregate to reach the quarter-finals, Feyenoord cruised past Shaktar Donetsk, Manchester United decapitated Real Betis, Sevilla and Sporting CP progressed past Fenerbahce and Arsenal respectively, Bayer Leverkusen beat Ferencvaros and a couple of games which saw Union Saint-Gillosie and AS Roma as well make the last eight.
It"s not as intriguing and compelling as the UEFA Champions League but there still is some drama to be experienced in the Europa League this season with the likes of Juventus and Manchester United still present at this stage of the competition.
It"s also an entirely different atmosphere with none of the teams which made it to this stage last season present in this year"s quarter-finals.
And so, let"s get down to the four fixtures of the 2022/23 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.
AS Roma vs Feyenoord
Jose Mourinho"s Roma and Arne Slot"s Feyenoord are set to collide with each other in yet another fixture of the UEFA Europa League. The Giallorossi have not featured in the UEFA Champions League since the 2018/19 season and they look to break that jinx this season by either qualifying via the Serie A or winning the Europa League. Or perhaps they can do both.
While Feyenoord barely qualified for the knock-out stages of the Europa League, the Dutch side had a dominant display in the last 16, humbling Shaktar Donetsk 8-2 while Roma had to go through Red Bull Salzburg and Real Sociedad to reach the quarter-finals.
Thanks to the drastic drop in Inter Milan"s form, Mourinho"s men are only one point(50 points) behind Simone Inzaghi"s (51 points) despite the latter having played one game more than Roma.
Compared to last season when the Dutch finished third in the Eredivisie, Feyenoord lead the way in Netherlands" topflight and even Ajax are not a close second at 56 points.
With Feyenoord more relaxed than Roma on league duties, the Dutch club may have an advantage going into the tie. The stakes are high for Giallorossi. A couple of wins could land them a berth in the UCL while a sloppy run could jeopardize their dreams of making the competition for the first time since 2019 and even make them miss out on Europa.
Mourinho"s side have their attention divided between the league and the Champions League while Slot"s men close the tabs kept on the Eredivisie for now. For the Italians, it"s a rather dicy option having to do with placement of priorities while for the Dutch team, there"s not too much to lose.
AS Roma vs Feyenoord key stats
- Feyenoord are on a nineteen game unbeaten run in all competitions. The last time the Dutch outfit conceded defeat was against Sturm Graz in October.
- Arne Slot"s side have not yet lost a single home fixture where the quarter-final clash is set to begin next week.
AS Roma vs Feyenoord Head to Head
Both sides have faced thrice, resulting in one win for AS Roma, one win for Feyenoord and a draw between both.
AS Roma vs Feyenoord key players:
AS Roma; Paulo Dybala(14 goals)
Feyenoord; Santiago Gimenez(17 goals)
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