Fatih Terim and Gheorghe Popescu reflect on Galatasaray AŞ’s historic UEFA Cup triumph in 2000, a first for Turkish football that Popescu hails as the country’s “most important European success”.
Italian rivals cautious after draw
After the first leg of their round of 16 tie ended 1-1, both Juventus and ACF Fiorentina refused to look ahead any further than next week, Juventus’ Arturo Vidal stating that it is “50-50” while Fiorentina’s Josip Iličić admitted that his side will “have to be careful from the first minute”.
Bayern complete clean sweep
Jürgen Klinsmann reflects on FC Bayern München’s 1996 UEFA Cup triumph against FC Girondins de Bordeaux, a victory that enabled the German giants to join an exclusive club of teams to have won all three of UEFA’s major club competitions
Fejsa: Benfica gave ‘maximum’
SL Benfica’s Ljubomir Fejsa said that he felt his team played a “strong game” as they gained a first leg advantage in London against Tottenham Hotspur FC, although cautiously said that the team must not get ahead of themselves and “concentrate” on the next game.
Basel-Salzburg shared optimism
Both FC Basel 1893 and FC Salzburg go into the second leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie believing that they can make it into the quarter-finals after the sides’ 0-0 draw in Switzerland, with Basel’s Fabian Frei believing his side could have gained an advantage and Salzburg’s Stefan Ilsanker confidently predicting goals in Austria.
Zoff recalls Juventus success
A winner of the UEFA Cup with Juventus as a player and a coach, legendary goalkeeper Dino Zoff recalls his 1990 success with the Bianconeri against ACF Fiorentina.
Salzburg making their mark
After an unbeaten start to this season's UEFA Europa League, FC Salzburg are starting to grab people's attention with coach Roger Schmidt stating they are "very dangerous outsiders" for glory.
Spurs 'not scared' of Benfica test
After overcoming FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Tottenham Hotspur FC's Mousa Dembélé feels that the English side "don't have to be scared" of last-16 opponents SL Benfica.
Keita: Qualification was the aim
Valencia CF's Seydou Keita said that "the result was the most important thing" as a goalless draw proved enough for them to overcome FC Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 on aggregate to make it into the round of 16, while Miguel Veloso admitted that first leg defeat had proved decisive.
Chornomorets take the positives
After being eliminated at the hands of Olympique Lyonnais, FC Chornomorets Odesa’s Franck Dja Djedje told UEFA.com that the club needed to take “the positives” out of their UEFA Europa League experience so that they can come back stronger next time.
Prica proud despite M. Tel-Aviv exit
Rade Prica told UEFA.com Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC can be pleased with their efforts in this season’s UEFA Europa League despite being knocked out in the round of 32 by FC Basel 1893.
Insigne hopeful of a lengthy Napoli run
Lorenzo Insigne told UEFA.com that SSC Napoli will do everything to “get as far as possible” in this season’s UEFA Europa League after they beat Swansea City AFC 3-1 on aggregate to make the last 16. Despite the defeat, Ben Davies was “proud” of his side’s performance.
Mangala delight at Porto progression
Eliaquim Mangala told UEFA.com of his joy after FC Porto scored a late winner to defeat Eintracht Frankfurt on away goals after a thrilling 3-3 draw in Germany. Pirmin Schwegler was understandable disappointed after his side’s elimination.
Rakitić excited for Seville derby
Sevilla FC captain Ivan Rakitić was quick to look ahead to a city derby against Real Betis Balompié in the round of 16 after his side defeated NK Maribor in the last 32, who have “grown up” thanks to their adventure in this season’s competition according to Jean Philippe Mendy.
Okocha previews Eintracht Frankfurt against Porto
Former Eintracht Frankfurt star Jay-Jay Okocha believes tonight’s match between his old side and FC Porto in the UEFA Europa League first knockout round will be a “cracking game”.