The Europa League group stages reach their conclusion on Thursday evening and those who have won their group are safe in the knowledge that they are clear of those dropping down from the Champions League. The draw takes place on Monday December 13, 2021 at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland from 12pm GMT. Which teams are seeded for the knockout stage draw? This season, the eight group winners will progress into March’s round of 16 automatically.
The Europa League group stage wrapped up on Thursday night and all that is left this side of Christmas is to find out who will play who in the first knockout round when the competition resumes next year. In the playoff round, Barcelona will face Napoli in what looks to be a great tie, while Rangers have been given an extremely difficult task against Borussia Dortmund. In the Europa Conference League draw, things are complicated slightly by the fact that Tottenham’s final group match, against Rennes, was called off by Covid.
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Barcelona face a blockbuster tie against Italian side Napoli in the knockout playoff round of the Europa League, while Rangers face a tough ask against Borussia Dortmund. Spanish giants Barcelona slipped into the Europa League after they were knocked out of the Champions League group stage for the first time in 20 years, and will face a Napoli side who knocked Leicester out and are currently four points off the top of Serie A. Rangers, meanwhile, finished second behind Lyon in their Europa League group and will welcome the likes of Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham to Ibrox as they host Dortmund, who are currently second in the Bundesliga.