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October 4, 2022

Europa League: Unirea Urziceni to face Liverpool

Coach Dan Petrescu: “It’s not impossible.”

Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres & Co. will meet the team of ambitious coach Dan Petrescu, Unirea Urziceni, in the last 32 of the Europa League, as decided by a drawing late last week. The first leg will take place at Anfield, UK on 18 February with the return taking place a week later. If they qualify, the Romanians will meet the winners of the Lille – Fenerbahce match.

Right after the drawing, Dan Petrescu said that FC Liverpool is one of the most difficult adversaries Urziceni could have faced in the last 32 of Europa League, but he still hopes his team will surprise everybody by casting the British legends out of the European cups. “It is not impossible for us to qualify,” said the coach of Romania’s champion club.

“I won’t rejoice meeting a big team, so that we can fall off a big horse. A better horse would have been getting past them. It is not impossible for us to get past them. Nothing is impossible, in life and in football. I heard their statements before the drawing and they clearly stated they have two targets for this season – winning the Europa League and ending the championship among the first four teams, so that they can once again go in the Champions League. For any coach, there is a challenge playing against a coach like Rafa Benitez, but in the end it’s the players that will be in the field,” Dan Petrescu told gsptv.

In his turn, Rafael Benitez said the players coached by Dan Petrescu form a united team, which was one step from getting into the last 16 of the Champions League.

“It will be a tough game because they were in the Champions League,” said Benitez. “I was following their group because I have some friends in Sevilla and so I know it will be difficult,” Benitez said, quoted by the official web site of the “Cormorants.”

Last 32, Europa League:

Hertha – Benfica; Everton – Sporting Lisbon; Lille – Fenerbahce; Twente – Werder Bremen; Standard Liege – Salzburg; Villareal – Wolfsburg; Hamburg – PSV; Liverpool – Unirea Urziceni; Fulham – Shakhtar; Club Brugge – Valencia; Ajax Amsterdam – Juventus; Atletico Madrid – Galatasaray; Panathinaikos – AS Roma; Copenhagen – Olympique Marseille; Athletic Bilbao – Anderlecht; Rubin Kazan – Hapoel Tel Aviv.

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