Examining Chelsea path to potential Europa League glory in Baku

Examining Chelsea path to potential Europa League glory in Baku

"We didn't put ourselves in a good position at the end of that first leg".

Giroud's triple took him top of the overall goalscoring charts for this year's competition, as Chelsea raced into the quarter-finals with a 5-0 win in Ukraine and an 8-0 aggregate scoreline.

Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea must improve in attack as they bid to secure Champions League qualification.

Arsenal drew the short straw in the Europa League quarter-finals on Friday afternoon, as they were paired with Napoli, widely regarded as the best team left in the competition.

The draw keeps alive the possibility of an all-English final in Baku, Azerbaijan on May 29.

First, the Chelsea boss has welcomed Loftus-Cheek's return to full fitness, before going one further, stating the England global will be one of the continent's most touted midfielders in the near future. So, for the opponents, it was really a very hard situation.

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It's not a serious problem, so he should be able to play, but I don't know yet.

In the other half of the draw, Benfica have been drawn to face Frankfurt, whilst Chelsea have perhaps been given the most favourable draw after being paired with Slavia Prague.

Marcelino's men have recovered well from a slow start to the season, having also reached the Copa del Rey final and stepped up their bid for a top-four place in La Liga. A Napoli final again from Maurizio Sarri's position would be pretty exciting.

Chelsea lost 2-0 back in January to Arsenal and would love to get some revenge in a European final, while Napoli did beat Liverpool in the Champions League group stages to highlight their danger.

"I am not picking the team, the manager makes some choices".

Eden Hazard is perhaps the ace up Chelsea's sleeve that is yet to really be unleashed on the Europa League and he could be a real difference maker to inspire his side.

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