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“We gifted it to them,” shrugged Edy Reja after a 3-3 draw at Ludogorets saw Lazio go out of the Europa League.
Rafa Benitez was “convinced Swansea would cause us problems” and noted a psychological difference between them and Napoli.
Pepe Reina admits Napoli “suffer too much” and he feared they wouldn’t make it against Swansea.
Gonzalo Higuain thanked “my team and our fans” for helping Napoli overcome Swansea in the Europa League.
Napoli made life extremely difficult for themselves, but eventually squeezed past Swansea City 3-1.
Lazio had taken the lead after 18 seconds, but defensive and goalkeeping errors saw them crash out 4-3 on aggregate to Ludogorets.
Juventus won the first leg 2-0, but are taking no chances as they visit Trabzonspor in a fiery atmosphere.
Fiorentina give Mario Gomez his first start since September as they host Esbjerg in the Europa League.
Lazio opt for Antonio Candreva, Keita Balde and Brayan Perea in their must-win trip to Ludogorets.
Napoli have Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Callejon, Goran Pandev and Lorenzo Insigne, as they must beat Swansea.
Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez is said to still be pondering which one of Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens to select for his side’s game with Swansea.
Mario Gomez is in line to finally make a start for Fiorentina in their Europa League tie with Danish side Esbjerg tonight, Corriere dello Sport reports.
Fatih Terim has warned Juventus that they need to switch their mentality for next season or else fall short in the Champions League once again.
Ludogorets Coach Stoycho Stoev said it “would be absurd to underestimate Lazio” in the Europa League.
Garry Monk is counting on Swansea City getting away goals against Napoli, though “it will be a hostile environment.”
Fiorentina have named their squad for the Europa League tie with Esbjerg, including Juan Cuadrado and Juan Vargas.
Gianluigi Buffon insisted Juventus are “taking the Europa League seriously” and condemned Superga banners.
Antonio Conte assures Juventus are “prepared” for the Trabzonspor atmosphere and “are not coming to defend a 2-0 lead.”
Edy Reja believes Lazio “understand the strengths and weaknesses” of Europa League opponents Ludogorets now.
Trabzonspor manager Hami Mandirali insists his team scored “a valid goal” in the first leg against Juventus.
Fiorentina’s Borja Valero has accused referee Andrea Gervasoni of showing a lack of respect to his professional and personal integrity.
Fiorentina Coach Vincenzo Montella says he thinks his side are protesting too strongly against refereeing decisions while out on the pitch.
Lazio have named a 21 man squad for the return leg of their Europa League tie with Bulgarian side Ludogorets.
Esbjerg Coach Niels Frederiksen spoke of his side’s ‘incredible’ European journey ahead of their Europa League match with Fiorentina.
Juventus have named a 20 man squad as they head out to Turkey for the second leg of their Europa League tie with Trabzonspor.
Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez has cited rhythm and speed as the two fundamental attributes needed to beat Swansea.
Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez has named a 20 man squad for tomorrow evening’s Europa League Round of 32 second leg against Swansea City.
Torino defender Cesare Bovo doesn’t want fans to be disappointed if his side don’t make the Europa League this season.
Trabzonspor boss Hami Mandirali has claimed that ‘anything can happen in football’ as his men prepare to host Juventus.
UEFA have confirmed the designation of the referees to take charge of Europa League Last 32 second legs on Thursday.
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