Mixed Europa League Draw for Milan, Atalanta, and Roma

There’ll be no walks in the park for the three teams representing Serie A in the Europa League. Milan have been paired up with Slavia Prague, Atalanta with Sporting CP, and Roma with Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton.

The Czech team was in the same group as the Giallorossi and won it, prevailing two-nothing at home and losing with the same result at the Stadio Olimpico. They triumphed in all the other fixtures. The Portuguese powerhouse bested Young Boys in the playoff. The Seagulls finished first ahead of Marseille, Ajax, and AEK.

Roma and Milan are set for first-even encounters, while Atalanta and Sporting CP squared off in the opening stage in 2023. La Dea won away and drew at home. The first leg will unusually take place on Tuesday to avoid overlapping with Benfica’s match. Fiorentina will face Maccabi Haifa in the Round of 16 of the European Conference League.

Rossoneri legend Franco Baresi commented the draw to Sky (via Mediaset).

“We had 50 percent chances of being coupled with Bayer Leverkusen, so we’re satisfied. We’ll take on a solid and physical team, and we must respect them if we want to go far. We’re sorry for yesterday’s defeat, but maybe our attention wasn’t on point. We’ll need to keep it high in both legs in the next round. Milan must always be ambitious and believe they can go as far as possible.”

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