David de Gea Reacts to Man Utd Drawing Barcelona in Europa League

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has reacted to the Red Devils’ draw against FC Barcelona in the Europa League round of 16.

Man Utd failed to secure a first place in Europa League Group E, which would have sealed their place in the round of 16. The Red Devils could only manage a second-place finish in Group E, behind group winners Real Sociedad.

That meant Man Utd would have to play a two-legged play-off against a Champions League defector to earn their place in the round of 16. The draw for the Europa League round of 16 took place on Monday as Man Utd learned who they will face for a place in the next stage of the competition.

Man Utd have received possibly the toughest opponent they could have had, with the Red Devils set to take on Barcelona. The two teams will meet in the tiebreaker, with the winner securing a spot in the Round of 16.

Avid de Gea reacts to Manchester United drawing Barcelona in the Europa League

David de Gea reacts to Manchester United's draw against Barcelona in the Europa League
David de Gea reacts as Man Utd draw FC Barcelona in the Europa League round of 16 play-off

Speaking after learning that Manchester United have been drawn against FC Barcelona, ​​De Gea shared his thoughts on the match.

De Gea admitted that Barcelona is a great team but stressed that they have to play against the best if they want to win the Europa League.

He also insisted that they will do everything possible to win both games in their play-off against Barcelona. “We know that Barcelona is a great team, I think they are playing well,” De Gea told the official Man Utd website.

“If you want to win the Europa League, you have to play against the best teams and Barcelona is [one of these].

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“It’s one for the fans and we will do everything we can to win both games.”

Meanwhile, Barcelona failed to advance beyond the group stage in their 22/23 Champions League campaign. They were drawn alongside Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Viktoria Plzen in Group C of the Champions League.

Bayern and Inter qualified for the round of 16, while Barcelona failed to do so after finishing third in Group C. However, their third-place finish earned them a place in the Europa play-off draw. League.

The Catalan team has also had the toughest rival they could have received. That was a sentiment shared by Barcelona coach Xavi after learning who they will face in the round of 16. He admitted that it is the worst draw that Barcelona could have had.

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