Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Premier League in Europe

Champions League

Manchester City continues its quest for a first Champions League trophy when the Citizens host Real Madrid in Tuesday’s first leg of their semifinal tie. The club’s stated priority since its 2014 purchase by Abu Dhabi ownership has remained elusive despite massive player investment and the presence of one of the world’s great managers in Pep Guardiola. Real Madrid, which defeated Chelsea in the quarterfinals, is a 13-time winner of the competition. Liverpool faces Villareal and former Premier League manager Unai Emery on Wednesday in the other semifinal. Villareal shockingly eliminated Bayern Munich in the quarterfinal round.

Europa League

West Ham faces Eintracht Frankfurt Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League tie. The Hammers are making their first semifinal appearance in a European competition since 1976. Eintracht Frankfurt, who were also West Ham’s opponent in 1976, ousted Barcelona in the previous round of this year’s Europa League. The German side, however, has failed to impress outside of its Europa League run this season. The club is ninth in the Bundesliga table and in danger of falling even further after failing to win in its last seven domestic matches. West Ham manager David Moyes rotated his squad this past weekend in a narrow loss to Chelsea, clearly putting its priority on a Europa League title opportunity.  

Europa Conference League

Leicester visits Roma on Thursday for the first leg of the clubs’ Europa Conference League semifinal tie. Jamie Vardy should be available for the Foxes after the injury plagued striker returned to make just his third 2022 appearance versus Aston Villa Saturday. Roma Manager Jose Mourinho and striker Tammy Abraham will be familiar for their Premier League pedigree. Roma is fifth in the Serie A table this season.

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