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Chelsea will face Slavia Praha in the Europa League’s quarter-final. The Blues’ will play the first-leg on Thursday 11th April away before hosting the Czech side on 18th April at Stamford Bridge.

Should Maurizio Sarri‘s men go through the next-stage, they will play against Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals. Here’s the draw in full:

ARSENAL v NAPOLI 

VILLARREAL v VALENCIA 

BENFICA v EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 

SLAVIA PRAHA V CHELSEA

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Arsenal win against Man United at Emirates Stadium earlier in the evening means that Chelsea remain 6th on the league table with 57 points from 29 games.

The Blues still have one game in hand and could climb up the table with a victory over Brighton at Stamford Bridge. Only Man City and Liverpool are contenders for the Premier League title, while Tottenham Hotspur are struggling to maintain their 3rd place. Will Chelsea be competitive for a top-four finish?

 

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is confident his squad have bounced back from the recent disappointing results and remain in the battle for a top-four finish in the Premier League table.

Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho secured a vital away win against Fulham earlier in the afternoon.

The Blues are currently 6th with a game in hand, which means they could climb up the table up to the 3rd place should they beat Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

 

 

Speaking after the game, Sarri said: “We had a great opportunity because we were five points from the top four but with two matches in hand. And now it’s two points. We are trying to involve Tottenham in the fight, and now I think they are involved. Better for four teams for two places than three for one”.

“We will have to fight until the last minute in the last match. But we are fighting and in the last four matches we did well. A minimum of consistency has arrived, but we have to continue”.

He added: “We played very well for 60 minutes. We could have killed the match with a third goal. We didn’t kill the match and then in the last 20, 25 minutes we were very tired, physically but also mentally”.

“In seven days we played 120 minutes in a difficult match against City, we played 90 very expensive minutes against Tottenham, and today a very important derby against a team with a new coach. It was a very difficult match”.

“So very good for 60 minutes, then very tired, but it was a normal reaction to our seven days”.

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Chelsea will face Dynamo Kiev in Europa League last 16 on 7th March ( Stamford Bridge) and 14th March ( Ukraine).

The other London club in the competition, Arsenal, were drawn against Rennes.

The draw in full, the first team drawn will play the first leg at home, the second one away:

Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev

Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter

Dinamo Zagreb v Benfica

Napoli v Salzburg

Valencia v Krasnodar

Seville v Slavia Prague

Arsenal v Rennes

Zenit v Villareal

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Maurizio Sarri has three games to bounce back from Blues’ last disappointing defeats in Premier League and FA Cup and save his job. The first must-win clash is set on Thursday as Chelsea face Swedish side Malmo in the second-tie of Europa League last-32 at Stamford Bridge.

Carabao Cup final against Man City on Sunday as well as Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur will be both crucial games to determinate the Italian’s future at the club, with Chelsea currently struggling in 5th position level on points with London rivals Arsenal.

Defeat in any of those games could result in Sarri being sacked following just eight months in charge.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Gonzalo Higuain of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge on February 2, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Chelsea came back to winning ways after getting a 5-0 win against Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge earlier this afternoon.

Maurizio Sarri made four changes from the starting XI which suffered a disappointing away defeat at Bournemouth and was fully rewarded by his lads on the pitch.

First goals from Gonzalo Higuain, who scored twice, Eden Hazard‘s brace in style and David Luiz’s header from a corner were enough to seal a much-needed win and move back into the top four (Arsenal will face Man City tomorrow, kick-off: 4.30PM).

Higuain broke the deadlock in the first half, well assisted by midfielder N’Golo Kante before Hazard converted a penalty to make 2-0 at halftime. The Belgian was the main character in Chelsea’s third goal with 25 minutes left to go, then the Argentine striker gifted a masterpiece in the 69th minute as he curled a first-time shot from 20-yards-out and beat Huddersfield keeper Lossl.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) – Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante (Loftus-Cheek 83′), Jorginho (Kovavic 69′), Barkley; Willian, Higuain, Hazard (Hudson-Odoi 77′)

HUDDERSFIELD (4-5-1) – Lossl; Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe; Mbenza (Mounie 27′), Billing (Grant 66′), Bacuna, Mooy, Diakhaby (Pritchard 84′); Kachunga

Scorers Higuain 16′ 69′ Hazard 45+1′ 66′ David Luiz 87′

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Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat against Arsenal last time out as goals from Lacazette and Koscielny sealed a 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium. Spurs moved 4 points clear Blues, who are currently sitting 4th on the Premier League table.

Manager Maurizio Sarri opted to speak in Italian his press conference to properly send a message to the Chelsea squad.

Speaking after the game, defender Marcos Alonso told the club’s official website: “We made silly mistakes,

We provoked them to gain confidence and come to press us because we were making mistakes. In the second half we tried but it was too late and we couldn’t score”.

He added: “When you lose, you learn. We have to analyse the game and improve quickly because there is no time to think. We have to perform again in four days”.

 

“It was a good opportunity,’ acknowledged Alonso. ‘We wasted it and now we have to work even harder to stay in a Champions League position and win games. It has to motivate us”.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri usullay gives interviews in English but in his post-match interview on BT Sport, he was so furious that had his interpreter standing next to him.

And the Italian made clear how he felt about his team:

“I’m really angry about the approach that we adopted today,” the Blues manager said.

“You can find yourself in difficulties from time to time, but we need to react to those difficulties a lot better than we did today.

“It’s an approach we can’t really accept. It was the same in our game against Tottenham.

“We thought we’d overcome that problem, but it seems we really struggle to get ourselves up for these games at times.

“I don’t mind losing but I don’t like losing in this manner.”

Chelsea now sit 4th in the table and lead Arsenal and Manchester United by just three points with 15 games to go.

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Arsenal deserved a 2-0 win against Chelsea at Etihad Stadium earlier today. Goals from striker Lacazette and skipper Koscielny were enough to seal a double lead for Unai Emery’s men.

The Blues struggled to bounce back after the Frenchman scored an opener from a close range, and only Marcos Alonso‘s header in the extra-time was a clear chance as the ball hit the post towards the far corner.

Chelsea had a few chances to reduce the gap in the second period, clearly not enough to cope with the Gunners in a disappointing afternoon. Bad news for the hosts as Hector Bellerin left the pitch after suffering a concerning knee injury.


 

CHELSEA (4 3 3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 63′); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 80′), Hazard, Willian (Giroud 66′)

ARSENAL (4 1 2 1 2): Leno; Bellerin (Elneny 71′), Sokratis, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Torreira, Guendouzi; Ramsey (Maitland-Niles 66′); Lacazette (Iwobi 67′), Aubameyang

Bookings: David Luiz, Barkley,
Scorers Lacazette 14′, Koscielny 39′

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ARSENAL – Leno; Bellerin, Sokratis, Koscielny (c), Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Subs: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Monreal, Elneny, Ozil, Iwobi.

Manager: Unai Emery

 

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Hazard, Willian.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Ampadu, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, UK

Kick Off: 5.30 pm GMT

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