Liveblog: Europa League MD5

Join us for the build-up and action as it happens from the Europa League, as Milan host Celtic, Napoli have a decider with AZ Alkmaar and Roma take on Young Boys.

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We begin at 17.55 GMT at San Siro, where Milan can secure their spot in the Europa League Round of 32 against already-eliminated Celtic.

At 20.00 GMT, Napoli go head-to-head with AZ Alkmaar for top spot and Roma consolidate their leadership with Young Boys.


Line-ups: Roma v Young Boys

Roma and Young Boys go head-to-head for the top spot in their Europa League group, but already qualified for the Round of 32.

It kicks off at 20.00 GMT, follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game, Celtic-Milan and AZ Alkmaar-Napoli on the LIVEBLOG.

The Giallorossi rest Edin Dzeko, Henrikh Mhitaryan, Leonardo Pellegrini and Leonardo Spinazzola, while Marash Kumbulla is back on the bench after his COVID all-clear.

Bryan Cristante is again used as a centre-back, but youth team product Riccardo Calafiori gets a start on the left wing.

Carles Perez and Pedro Rodriguez support Borja Mayoral in a very Spanish attack.

Roma are top of the group on 10 points, with Young Boys on seven, and Cluj follow with four.

Roma: Pau Lopez; Ibanez, Cristante, Juan Jesus; Bruno Peres, Villar, Diawara, Calafiori; Carles Perez, Pedro; Borja Mayoral

Roma bench: Berti, Mirante, Karsdorp, Pellegrini, Dzeko, Fazio, Kumbulla, Spinazzola, Bove, Ciervo, Milanese, Mkhitaryan

Young Boys: Von Ballmoos; Hefti, Camara, Zesiger, Lefort; Rieder, Aebischer, Garcia; Fassnacht, Nsame, Ngamaleu

Young Boys bench: Neuenschwander, Faivre, Sierro, Sulejmani, Gaudino, Burgy, Elia, Siebatcheu, Mambimbi, Maier, Maceiras

Ref: Jovic (CRO)


De Rossi, Del Piero, Vieri get coaching badges

Daniele De Rossi, Alessandro Del Piero, Massimo Maccarone, Riccardo Montolivo, Giampaolo Pazzini and Christian Vieri are among former players taking their coaching badges.

The latest class for the UEFA Coaches A course at the FIGC’s centre of Coverciano has been unveiled and there are many familiar faces.

Among them, we find former Roma midfielder De Rossi, who had been linked with several management roles over the summer, but did not have the correct paperwork.

He is now beginning the process to get his badges, which will allow him to become a Serie A coach.

Others include Del Piero, David Pizarro, Federico Balzaretti, Vieri, Montolivo, Ignazio Abate, Alessandro Matri, Andrea Costa, Maccarone, Pazzini, Gianluca Curci and Daniele Gastaldello.


Cristante: ‘Napoli defeat an isolated case’

Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante insists the heavy defeat against Napoli was ‘an isolated case’ and says: ‘We know which mistakes we made.’

The Giallorossi host Young Boys at the Olimpico in Europa League tomorrow.

Last weekend they lost their first Serie A game of the season, a 4-0 away defeat at Napoli. 

“We know we did not have a good game. It can happen, it was an isolated case,” Cristante said at a press conference on Wednesday.

“We went into trouble, even Napoli have their merits. Tomorrow is another game,” he continued.

“Between yesterday and today we saw our mistakes. It’s a single game, we did well all the others,” Cristante insisted.

“I don’t think we struggle against big team, I don’t remember many defeats and we don’t feel we need to discuss this inside the dressing room.

“We know Young Boys are a great team, they press very well. We saw them again these days and we surely will expect a difficult game.

“We’re gonna have to do a pretty good job if we want to win the group.”


UEL referees appointed

Ricardo de Burgos Bengoechea has been appointed for Milan-Celtic while Ruddy Buquet will referee AZ-Napoli and Fran Jovic will oversee Roma-Young Boys.

UEFA has appointed the referees for Europa League Matchday 5.

Milan host Celtic at the San Siro, the match kicks off at 5.55pm GMT on Thursday.

Napoli and Roma play at 8pm against AZ Alkmaar and Young Boys respectively.

Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoechea (SPA)
Assistants:Inigo Prieto and Jon Nunez Fernandez
Fourth official: Adrian Cordero Vega 

AZ Alkmaar-Napoli
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistants: Guillaume Debart and Frederic Haquette
Fourth official:Jeremie Pignard quarto uomo. 

Roma-Young Boys
Referee: Fran Jovic (CRO)
Assistants: Ivica Modric and Hrvoje Radic
Fourth official: Mario Zebec