The Europa League may not be as illustrious as the Champions League, but for the teams competing in the competition, it's a very desirable trophy to win.
48 teams enter through at the Group Stage, and a further eight drop down from the Champions League. Here, we look at 5 possible winners of the Europa League.
Italian side Fiorentina are one of the clubs in contention to win the Europa League this season. They currently occupy top spot in their group; which contains Guingamp, PAOK, and Dinamo Minsk.
Currently managed by Vincenzo Montella, Fiorentina will hope talisman striker Mario Gomez can fire them to Europa League glory. They have never won the competition, but have finished as runners-up once; in the 1989/90 season. Could this season be the season that Fiorentina finally win the Europa League?
4. Inter Milan
Recent troubles have seen Italian side Inter Milan struggle for consistency. But now managed by Walter Mazzarri, they hope they can go on and win the Europa League. Their group contains Azerbaijani side Qarabag, French club Saint-Etienne and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, of Ukraine. They currently sit in 1st position.
Good performances from front man Mauro Icardi could propel Inter Milan to the Europa League title. They have won this competition on three occasions; in 1990/91, 1993/94, and 1997/98. Could Inter Milan a 4th Europa League title?
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Current Europa League holders Sevilla will be strong contenders to retain the Europa League. They currently own top spot in their group, which matches them with Standard Liege, Feyenoord, and Rijeka.
Prolific striker Kevin Gameiro helped Sevilla to the Europa League title last year, and the club will be hoping he can do so again. The Spanish club have won the Europa League four times; in 2005/06, 2006/07, and 2013/14. Could they win their 4th title this season, and win the competition in consecutive seasons?
Italian side Napoli are another team vying to win the Europa League. Despite sitting 3rd in their group, Napoli are still one of the favourites to lift the trophy.
Only goal difference separates the Italian club from top stop. In their group, Napoli were drawn with Sparta Prague, Young Boys, and Slovan Bratislava. Under the management of Rafa Benitez, Napoli will hope to win the competition.
They will look to the form of Marek Hamsik and Ganzalo Higuain to help them to win the Europa League. The Naples-based side have won the competition once; in the 1988/89 season. Could they add a 2nd Europa League title this season?
1. Tottenham Hotspur
North London based side Tottenham Hotspur are one of bookmaker's favourites to lift the trophy. Currently sitting in 2nd spot in their group, Tottenham will hope to qualify as top of the group. In their group are Besiktas, Asteras Tripoli, and Partizan.
The English club will look to in-form Erik Lamela to fire them to the Europa League title. Recently, Lamela scored a magnificent rabona against Asteras Tripoli. Tottenham has won the Europa League on two occasions; in 1971/72, and in 1983/84.
With Mauricio Pochettino at the helm, could he bring a 3rd Europa League title to White Hart Lane?
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