AS Roma Learn Europa League Opponents As Jose Mourinho Plots Another European Title

AS Roma Learn Europa League Opponents As Jose Mourinho Plots Another European Title

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:10 PM
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  • Jose Mourinho has been handed a fairly easy draw in the Europa League group stage, with his AS Roma side set to face modest opposition
  • Roma will begin their campaign as clear favourites to finish as group winners, having been drawn against Real Betis, Lugodortes and Helsinki
  • Mourinho is looking for his second Europa League title, having won it with Manchester United in 2017

AS Roma will face Lugodorets, Real Betis and Helsinki in the just concluded draw of the UEFA Europa League.

Roma will enter the competition as the defending champions of the Conference League, having beaten Feyenoord in the inaugural final last season.

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AS Roma players celebrate Chris Smalling's goal against Cremonese. Photo by Massimo Insabato.
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Jose Mourinho made history by becoming the first manager to win all the European titles and he will be attempting to win a second Europa League, having won his first with Manchester United.

The final of this year's competition will take place at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

How do other groups look like?

Sports Brief has also reported that Manchester United have been drawn against tricky Spanish opposition in Real Sociedad in the group stages of the Europa League.

United have often struggled against Spanish opposition in European competitions. Erik ten Hag will be hoping for better tidings this season when he takes his charges to the Reale Arena.

Last season, they were eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid. United fans will also remember the recent disheartening losses to Sevilla and Villareal.

Arsenal get a fairly tough draw

Arsenal have been handed a relatively tough group in Europe's secondary competition, UEFA Europa League.

The Premier League side have been drawn in Group A alongside PSV Eindhoven, coached by former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy, FC Zurich and Norwegian surprise package FK Bodø / Glimt.

The Gunners have begun the 2022-23 Premier League on a flier winning all three games - a sharp contrast to their fortunes as compared to last season, where they lost their opening three games.

Having edged fierce rivals Ajax Amsterdam in the Dutch Super Cup, PSV narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification in heartbreaking circumstances but will aim to make amends in the Europa League.

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