For the second consecutive year, Barcelona says goodbye to the Champions League before reaching the round of 16, so the Blaugrana fans will once again have to watch the draw for the Europa League to find out the fate of their team among the 16 clubs in the second mainland level. It will be on Monday, November 7 in Nyon at 1:00 p.m.
If Barça wants to reach the final in Budapest (May 31), they will have to overcome four knockout ties. They will join the second European competition in the round of 32 (16 teams). He will face one of the eight runners-up from the group stage (still in play and to be decided). In any case, what he does know for sure is that he will play the second leg of the tie away from the Camp Nou on February 23.
He still does not know the possible rivals, but he will surely avoid the Spanish, Betis, Real Sociedad and Sevilla, since clubs from the same federation cannot face each other.
At the moment, there are only two teams from the Champions who know they are going to the Europa League: Barça and Sevilla, the club that has lifted the most trophies in the second competition (4 since 2009-10, the first edition under this denomination).
Although the group stage is still being played (there are two games left), as of today, possible rivals for Barça would be Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United, PSV, Rennes, Ludogorets, Braga, Midtjylland, Qarabag and Turkish Trabzonspor, an old acquaintance from the Recopa 90-91.