Returns to the scene of the nightmare: Kevin Trapp, Frankfurt goalkeeper, finds Barcelona, where he experienced the comeback with Paris SG, and AS Roma returns to Bodo Glimt, where it took 6-1 in chickens, Friday after Europa and Conference League draws.
Scarecrow of the Europa League, will Barça scare Kevin Trapp on April 7 and 14? The former Parisian goalkeeper collapsed, like his team, in the round of 16 second leg of the 2017 Champions League (6-1), after having crushed the first leg 4-0.
His trainer, Oliver Glasner, is not afraid. “I say it a bit bluntly and provocatively: whoever is able to eliminate the fifth in La Liga is also able to beat the third”, commented the German coach.
Thursday, Eintracht Frankfurt eliminated Betis Sevilla (1-1 after 2-1 in the first leg), fifth in the Spanish Championship.
“The team, the club and the city had wanted an opponent as attractive as Barcelona,” added Glasner, “it is important that we are not frozen in admiration in front of them. We want to go to the semi-finals”, as in 2019, when Eintracht lost on penalties against Chelsea (1-1/1-1, 4 tab to 3).
In the semi-finals, Frankfurt or Barcelona will meet the winner of Lyon-West Ham.
In the other quarter-finals, Leipzig faces another regular in recent years in the Champions League, Atalanta Bergamo.
Finally Sporting Braga, finalist of this C3 in 2011 against Porto, faces Glasgow Rangers, back at this level for the first time since their C3 final lost in 2008 against Zénit Saint-Petersburg (2-0).
In the Europa League Conference, José Mourinho’s AS Roma finds the Norwegians of Bodo Glimt who humiliated it 6-1 in the group stage (2-2 in Rome).
The “Special One” had turned on its players after this disaster: “I knew the limits of some”, he said, “I knew it but I expected a better response”.
Second Norwegian club to reach a European quarter-final, after Rosenborg against Juventus Turin in C1 1997 (1-1/2-0), Bodo Glimt therefore knows the recipe for beating the Wolf.
The other quarter-finals offer colorful matches between the famous cauldrons of Olympique de Marseille and PAOK Salonika, the Vélodrome and Toumba, and between two clubs with the same red and white jersey shared vertically, Feyenoord Rotterdam and Slavia Prague.
Finally Leicester and PSV Eindhoven will compete for the last place in the C4 semi-finals.