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Eden Hazard could have played his last game for Chelsea tonight.

The Belgian player, who scored a brace in the Europa League final against Arsenal, hinted to a move when interviewed on the pitch after the final whistle:

The Belgian, 28, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and said that he is now “waiting on both clubs’ decision” after “taking my own decision, who I’ve communicated to both clubs.”

I think it’s a goodbye, but in football you never know,” he told BT Sport after winning his second Europa League in 6 years with Chelsea ( the previous one was in 2013, in his first season at Stamford Bridge)

“We will decide in a few days, the only target in my mind was to win this final.”

Then he added: “Maybe now it is the time for a new challenge.

“My dream was to play in the Premier League and I have done that for one of the biggest clubs.”

Hazard joined the Blues for £32m from Lille in summer 2012 and made 352 appearances in seven years, scoring a total of 110 goals, the latest ones tonight in the Baku final.

 

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With a superb second-half Chelsea defeat Arsenal in Baku and win the Europa League.

After a goalless first-half, an Olivier Giroud‘s header broke the lock in the first minutes of the second-half.

Pedro and a penalty by Eden Hazard put the Blues 3 up, before Iwobi scored for Arsenal. In the end, Hazard scored the second goal of the night with Chelsea winning the match 4-1.

The Blues so win their second Europa League after the 2013’s one after the final vs Benfica.

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Chelsea will try to finish their season winning a trophy in tonight’s Europa League final vs Arsenal in Baku.

Here are the confirmed lineups:

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Cumming, Zappacosta, Cahill, Alonso, Ampadu, Barkley, McEachran, Gallagher, Willian, Higuain.

Arsenal: Cech; Koscielny, Papastathopoulos, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac; Ozil; Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Jenkinson, Elneny, Guendouzi, Willock, Saka, Amaechi, Iwobi, Nketiah, Welbeck

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Chelsea are training for the Europa League final vs Arsenal as they hope to finish their season winning a trophy.

It hasn’t been an easy season for the Blues and, according to Marcos Alonso part of the reason is manager Maurizio Sarri never playing professional football:  “It’s never easy to come to a new country and new league, new football, new culture. The gaffer is still learning.” Marcos Alonso said. “He was not a football player either, so he is learning a lot this year. Taking orders from someone like that can be different, but at the end of the day we have to be professional and take on whatever he asks us for. He is different”.

So not only Chelsea’s season, but also Marcos Alonso’s one has been full of ups and downs: “I started the season very, and the team also started very well,” the defender added. “Then the manager asked me for something different. I tried to do what he was asking me to do and when the team started winning games again I had a small injury in my back. I had to stop for a couple of games but after that I was back playing good and getting back in the team when they needed me. Now there is a big opportunity to end the season well and go on holiday. It’s not easy of course to adapt. We are eleven players, all have to try to go in the same direction. Managers are different, they have different aspects of tactics. He wanted to change the team not just me. He wanted to change the way we start playing.”

 

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Chelsea were forced into extra-time after producing another 1-1 at Stamford Bridge, which meant 2-2 on aggregate in the Europa League’s semi-final.

The Blues opened the scoring thanks to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, whose goal was equalized through Luka Jovic (10 goals in the competition) a few minutes before the beginning of second half.

Eintracht Frankfurt went close to scoring the second even in the extra-time, but David Luiz and Davide Zappacosta were both crucial to deny with goal-line clearances.

A missed penalty from Azpilicueta was canceled out after both Hinteregger and Paciencia’s shots were denied by Kepa. Eden Hazard kept his cool from the spot to send Chelsea to Europa League final.

Maurizio Sarri’s men will face Arsenal in Baku on May 27th.

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Further good news for Chelsea as Blues will play in the Champions League next season after both Arsenal and Manchester United were held to draws against Brighton and Huddersfield earlier on Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri completes a massive turnaround, having been 6th on the league table at some point before climbing up the table, despite some huge defeats.

Chelsea have still to face the second-tie of Europa League semi-finals against Eintracht (at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night) after getting a vital away 1-1 draw in Frankfurt last time out. More positive news to come?

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Arsenal earned a 3-1 win at home against Valencia despite a slow start to the first-leg of Europa League‘s semi-final. The Spanish side got the upper hand earlier in the first half, before Alexandre Lacazette netted twice to complete the comeback in a vivid first half.

A goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the extra-time means Gunners have a good opportunity to win the clash on aggregate. And also chances to see an all-English Europa League final are still alive.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri had his say also on Arsenal 3-1 win at Emirates Stadium: “I want the final against any team, Arsenal or Valencia. For me it’s exactly the same. I want the final and this time I don’t want to play the final, I want to win.

FT – Eintracht v Chelsea 1-1, Pedro scores vital goal in Frankfurt

 

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Chelsea have more than a chance to get a place into the top-four teams of current Premier League season after getting a crucial 1-1 draw against Man United at Old Trafford.

An early lead given by former Blues’ star Juan Mata was not enough as Marcos Alonso leveled up the score a few minutes before the half-time whistle following an effort from Toni Rudiger. The German defender limped-off the pitch, as well as Eric Bailly, due to an injury.

Pedro‘s clearance off the line secures Maurizio Sarri a 4th place on the league table with still two games left to go. Chelsea have a better goal difference than Arsenal and Man United and will host Watford on Sunday before ending up the season at King Power Stadium.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger (Christensen 65′), David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 75′), Willian (Pedro 84′), Higuain, Hazard

MAN UNITED (4-3-1-2): De Gea; Young, Bailly (Rojo 71′), Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Mata (McTominay 81′); Rashford (Sanchez 65′), Lukaku

Scorers Juan Mata 11′ Alonso 43′
Bookings Willian, Kovacic, Herrera, Rojo, Young

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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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