Thursday evening (to 21u05) with Arsenal-Atlético Madrid and Olympique Marseille-Red Bull Salzburg the heenwedstrijden of the semi-finals of the Europa League on the program. For Arsenal and are chasing coach Arsène Wenger, the stakes are the greatest. They made ended in the Europa League (and the accompanying ticket for the group stage of the Champions League next season) the past few months, their main objective.
The Gunners play in the Premier League for a long time not more in the battle for the top four places from the league that give access to the kampioenenbal. The focus was also equally focused on the Europa League, in which Arsenal after the new year a good route down, and select Östersunds, AC Milan and CSKA Moscow turned off. The people of london made last week Friday announced the upcoming season – after 22 years of employment – say goodbye to manager Arsène Wenger. His first European bekerwinst the Gunners would be a wonderful farewell.
Opponent Atlético Madrid, number two in the Primera Division, is already assured of Champions League participation next season. The Rojiblancos herpakten is European after a disappointing group stage in the kampioenenbal for the new year. Atlético won the Europa League recently two times (in 2010 and 2012).
In the second semi-final will find spektakelploeg Olympique Marseille the Austrian revelation Red Bull Salzburg. L’was in the quarter-finals in a thrilling Stade Vélodrome with a 5-2 too strong for the zusterploeg of Salzburg, RB Leipzig. The French, currently fourth in the Ligue 1, are in the league also still in the battle for a Champions League ticket involved. Number two, Monaco, a ticket to the group stage wins, after all, just one more point.
Red Bull Salzburg side in Austria on the way to a fifth championship title in a row. The team of coach Marco Rose made in the quarter-finals impressed by Lazio Roma after a 4-2 defeat in Rome – in private home with 4-1 to knock. In the group stage of the Europa League came to Salzburg and Marseille each other already. The Austrians won when at home with 1-0 in Marseille remained 0-0.