50 years after lifting the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and 14 years after their last European final, Rangers are aiming to make history by becoming the first Scottish club to win the UEFA Europa League.
After beating RB Leipzig in a thrilling semi-final 3-2 on aggregate, Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst scored called He has “faith” before the big duel against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday evening in Seville. Reaching a final is “always a good feeling,” he said, but you have “a better feeling” when you win the final. “That’s all we have to do.” The Dutchman is confident that his team “can produce a performance that gives us the best chance of victory”.
Rangers captain James Tavernier, a right-back, is the top scorer in the Europa League this season with seven goals. The defender believes his club will need to “feel closer to us” in the final. “You reach the final for a reason, so we’re optimistic,” he said. “We are full of confidence and we will give absolutely everything we have.”
Eintracht Frankfurt reach the final stages after beating Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals and beating West Ham United 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals. “Slowly something is leveling off” called Head coach Oliver Glasner. “It’s the best thing when you can make so many people happy. For us everything revolves around this final.”
A “football festival” in Seville
Sevilla will celebrate a “football festival”, said Graham Keeley in The Sunday Post. The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium, where the final will be played, has a capacity of just 43,883 but estimates are that up to 100,000 supporters could flock to the Spanish city from Glasgow’s blue side, while 60,000 Eintracht supporters from there will arrive Germany. “We’re getting ready for a big party,” said Sara Maes, a journalist working for Sevilla FC.
Kick-off time and how to watch for free
The 2022 UEFA Europa League final will take place on Wednesday 18 May at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Seville, Spain. Kick-off is at 8pm (BST) and the game will be streamed live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting at 6.30pm. BT Sport will also live stream the game to be able to broadcast it for free btsport.com/finalvia the BT Sport app for small and large screen devices and on its Youtube channel.
Possible starting XI
It is said how the teams could compete in the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium UEFA.com:
- Frankfurt: trap; Touré, Tuta, N’Dicka; Knauff, Sau, Rode, Kostic; Hauge, Kamada, Borre
- Ranger: McGregor; Goldson, Lundstram, Bassey; Tavernier, Jack, Kamara, Barišić; Wright, Aribo, Kent
Expert predictions: who will win the Europa League?
Corresponding Oddschecker.commake the bookmakers Eintracht Frankfurt the favorite for victory on Wednesday. The Germans cost 4/6, the Rangers 6/5. Frankfurt do “the business” in the Europa League, said Dean Smith Squawka.com. But while Rangers “do not have the quality that other teams possess”, they have shown so much “fight, heart and determination” that you “absolutely could not write them off if you went further”.
The Gers “made their fans and everyone associated with the club proud” by making it to the final, Ben Knapton said sports mole. But this could be “a step too far for them” as Frankfurt “have gotten used to winning on Spanish soil and have the offensive sovereignty needed to travel home with the trophy”.
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