Europa League: Xavi Hernandez’s fears come true

In order to advance to the last-16 of the league, Barcelona and Manchester United will compete in the Europa League playoffs.

Barcelona of Spain defeated the 2017 Europa League champions in both of their meetings in the finals of the Champions League in 2009 and 2011.

In their quarterfinal 2018-19 European Cup matchup, United lost both legs.

The potential return of Cristiano Ronaldo to take on Barcelona is one of the draw’s most fascinating elements.

During his first stint with United, as well as his tenure with Madrid and Juventus, the Portuguese striker played Barça.

“Like in the Champions League group stage, the draw assigned us the most challenging opponent once more. We were not fortunate.

The worst possible opponent for us would be Manchester United, a legendary club, according to Barca manager Xavi Hernandez following the draw.

The eight Europa League group runners-up take on the eight third-place teams from the Champions League group stages, with the winners moving on to the last-16.

Sevilla will play PSV Eindhoven, Juventus will play Nantes, and AS Roma will play RB Salzburg in the other matches.

The ties’ first legs will begin on February 16, and the second leg will follow a week later on February 23.

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