Düsseldorf (dpa) – Next Monday, the Europa League in North Rhine-Westphalia will enter the decisive phase with the final tournament.
After Eintracht Frankfurt and VfL Wolfsburg were eliminated, the last German hope rested on Bayer Leverkusen. In the evening (9 p.m. / RTL and DAZN) the Werkself play in a knock-out duel with Inter Milan in the football arena of Düsseldorf to reach the semi-finals.
Bayer coach Peter Bosz, who was three years ago in the final of the competition with Ajax Amsterdam, can fall back on Nadiem Amiri, who was last quarantined at home due to a private corona contact and could not participate in the 1-0 win over Glasgow. On Sunday, Amiri cheered in the final practice. “Nadiem is back”, said Bosz, who has to do without Charles Aránguiz (suspended by a yellow card).
In a strong Inter-collective, the attacking duo stands out with the Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku, who has already scored 30 league goals this season for the three-time UEFA Cup winner, and the Argentinian Lautaro Martinez. Bayer’s center-back Sven Bender said at the latest press conference that you shouldn’t just look at the robust Lukaku. “We can’t just focus on him, because in the end you have to defend it as a team. Everyone has to support the other.”
Due to the corona pandemic, the Europa League will be played in tournament form until the end this year in the four stadiums of Gelsenkirchen, Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Cologne, where the final will take place on 21 August. All matches from the quarter-finals onwards will be decided in one game only (without the return leg). In the second game on Monday (9 p.m.) Manchester United and FC Copenhagen meet in Cologne.
Should the Bundesliga club be victorious against the top Italian club and number two this year, he would meet the winner of the match between Schachtjor Donetsk and Frankfurt conqueror FC Basel in the semi-finals on August 17 in Düsseldorf. Just like the fourth quarter-finals, Sevilla FC – Wolverhampton Wanderers will play this match on Tuesday.