Napoli, Inter and Valencia have all dropped down to the Europa League following their failure to progress past the Champions League group stage. Maurizio Sarri will be eager to make a push for winning the Europa League with his job in jeopardy following the disappointment of the 6-0 loss to Manchester City, and a piece of silverware could be enough to secure his post.
With Arsenal facing off against BATE and Chelsea clashing with Malmo, the knockout stages edge ever closer to determine the round of 16 competitors – and Goal brings you everything you need to know
When is the Europa League last 16 draw?
The draw for the round of 16 will be held on February 22 at 1pm CET (12pm GMT, 7am ET), following the conclusion of the round of 32 stage.
Europa League last 16 draw seeding & how it works
|Group||Winners (seeded in round of 16 draw)||Runners-up (unseeded in round of 16 draw)|
The round of 32
In the knockout phase, teams play against each other across two legs on a home-and-away basis, up until the final.
In the round of 16
Teams from the same group or the same association (e.g. the Premier League) may not be drawn against each other. In the draws for the quarter-finals and beyond, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group are allowed to be drawn against each other
How to watch the Europa League last 16 draw
UEFA's official website will be streaming the draw live and it will also be available to watch on TV.
When does Europa League last 16 stage start ? When & where will the Europa League final take place?
The final will be played on May 29,
The winners of the Europa League will face off against the 2018-19 Champions League in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup, and will also qualify to enter the group stage of next year's Champions League.
This year's Europa League final will be the first held in Azerbaijan. The Olympic Stadium will also serve as one one of the host venues of Euro 2020.