Analysis on Europa League Semifinal Draw

Analysis on Europa League Semifinal Draw

By Abdulkabir Olatunji

The Europa League semifinal draw has just been concluded and I share my thoughts on it next…

Ajax vs. Lyon
It is great to see Ajax, a true European heavyweight in the latter stages of European club competition but they face a stern test in Lyon, the French side that tends to underachieve although it has great potential.  Ajax captain, Davy Klaassen might have a key role to play in this fixture as he generally tends to be the pivot for all that is good about the Dutch giants. The same can also be said of Alexandre Lacazette for Lyon with his impressive goal scoring form.

This is likely to be a high-scoring fixture but I suspect Lyon have a lot more experience playing in a stronger French league and this might just prove pivotal.

I tip Lyon to go into the final.

Celta Vigo vs. Manchester United
I am sure Manchester United fans expect to win this competition even with Zlatan Ibrahimovich set to be out for months. However, any team from the Spanish Primera Liga that gets to this stage of European competition is usually difficult to beat. They are usually good on the ball and technically sound with gifted players.  Iago Aspas and Manchester United old boy, Giuseppe Rossi should prove a handful for a Manchester United team that has proven wasteful in recent weeks.

However, ultimately with Jose Mourinho at the helm as Manager and a squad that still has talent like Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Mkhitaryan and co. I expected United to be in the final.

So, I am looking forward to a Manchester United vs. Lyon final. Let me know what you think.


Abdulkabir Olatunji is the Head of Strategy at Jarus & JAN Internet Group and an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (AMNIM). His interests include writing, blogging, all-things-tech and analysis of current affairs and sports. You can follow him on LinkedIn and on Twitter @maclatunji

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