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Speaking with French radio station RTLChelsea‘s striker Olivier Giroud admitted he is not happy about how things are going for him at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud started just one of the Blues’ last 16 Premier League games: “Of course it is frustrating. Today, I feel like there is no competition since January”. Giroud said. “It is like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League and I will try to do everything I can to be as effective and decisive as possible for the team.”

Then, at the end of the season, Chelsea’s striker can decide to leave both the club and England: “The future could be hectic this summer,” Giroud went on. “I am not scared of going down a level to have more playing time. It could be that I end my career in France.”

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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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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, speaking after his side’s 0-5 away win against Dynamo Kiev which ensured the Blues are onto Europa League’s quarter-final,  was also asked if he would like to play Napoli in the next round.

The Italian said: “I prefer to find them in the final! First of all, because it means we are in the final and I am happy. And second because it means Napoli are in the final and I’m happy”.

“Because of my relationship with the city and the people, for me it would be very difficult to play against them in Naples”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was full of praise following his side’s away win against Dynamo Kiev in the second-tie of Europa League’s last-16.

The Italian boss told journalists: “We started very well. We wanted to start in this way because it was important to score after the result in Stamford Bridge. We were able to score after five minutes. For the opponent it was a difficult situation”.

“We played a very good first half. In the second we managed the result. It was a wonderful performance for 90 minutes”.

On Olivier Giroud, who scored a hat-trick tonight: “It was very, very good. In the last period every time he has been on the pitch he was able to play really very well. He scored nine goals in this competition. Olivier is a very important player for us. I am very happy for him and his hat-trick, and I am very happy with him”.

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Chelsea are through the next stage of Europa League after beating Dynamo Kiev also in the second-tie of last-16 round. The Blues eased into the quarter-finals of competition with a comfortable 0-5 away win in Kiev on Thursday night

A hat-trick from Olivier Giroud as well as Marcos Alonso’s deflection from a close range and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s fourth goal were enough as Maurizio Sarri‘s men secured the biggest away victory in the history of Chelsea in the tournament. 

DYNAMO KIEV (4-2-3-1): Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk (Tche Tche 65′), Shepeliev (Andriyevskiy 88′) ; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Sidcley (Smyrnyi 80′); Garmash

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta (Azpilicueta 70′), Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kovacic, Kante (Jorginho 66′), Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian (Pedro 74′)

Scorers: Giroud 5′ 33′ 59′ Alonso 45′, Hudson-Odoi 78′
Bookings: Azpilicueta

 

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Chelsea will face Dinamo Kiev tonight in Ukraine.

The Blues won 3-0 the Europa League Last 16’s first leg at Stamford Bridge last Thursday.

Here are the confirmed lineups:

Dinamo Kiev: Boyko, Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko, Sydorchuk, Shepelev, Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Ferreira Pereira, Harmash

Subs: Bushchan, das Neves Pinheiro, Andrievsky, Frezarin Bueno, Shabanov, Smyrnyi, Alibekov

Chelsea: Kepa, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud.

Subs: Caballero, Barkley, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jorginho, Pedro, Hazard.

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Even if Chelsea defeated Dinamo Kiev 3-0 one week ago at Stamford Bridge, the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri doesn’t want to underestimate tonight’s opponent in Europa League last 16’s second leg.

I want to send to my team the message that the match is very important. I don’t want to make a mistake in this”. the Italian explained in his pre-game press conference.

Then, Sarri himself gave an irritated response when asked if Callum Hudson-Odoi will be in the Starting XI: Why not (Ethan) Ampadu? Tell me the difference,” Sarri said. “I have a lot of players of course. I know very well that for you (the media) Odoi is the best, but for me I want to see them all at the same level. Odoi is doing very well in the last period. He will be for sure in the 18 – maybe on the pitch, I don’t know. As you know, in the last match Odoi was the first change. So you know very well that Odoi is on my mind for every match.”

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On Thursday night, Callum Hudson-Odoi scored his third Europa League goal and the assist was provided by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The two players grew together in Chelsea’s Academy and this had a role on Thursday night at Stamford Bridge vs Dinamo Kiev: “Even in training we always like to get the ball and play with each other because, obviously coming from the Academy, we like to play a lot, we know when to find each other, when the players are moving, when to give it to them”. Hudson-Odoi told Chelsea official website. “So I think Ruben saw me and he knew that I was in a better position than him so he thought: “let’s give him the chance to score”. It was really unselfish of him and I’m really happy that I got the goal, but all credit to him as well for finding me and letting me get the goal.”

Hudson-Odoi himself is enjoying his first experience in Europa League with the Blues: “Every time I play in this competition I feel confident to get goals and I feel like the team did really well, and obviously Ruben for the goal, saw me and picked me out really well,”he said. “So I think it was a good overall performance and I’m just happy to keep getting goals and keep playing.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes the 3-0 against Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge in the first-leg of Europa League last-16 ‘is a good result’ as the Blues have a comfortable lead ahead of their trip to Ukraine next week.

Speaking at a press conference after the game, the Italian added: “We were able to not concede, and to not concede a goal at home is very important in this competition. We could have scored more, especially in the first half”.

“Now we have to be careful. We have to go there with a very good level of application and determination if we want to qualify”.

Sarri said: “If you concede a goal you can go mentally in trouble. We have to go there with the right level of attention”.

“He played very well, also in the defensive phase. He missed two or three goals but he played a very good match”.

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Chelsea have one foot in the Europa League’s quarter-finals after beating Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev with a comfortable 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Goals from Pedro, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi are enough to give a commanding lead for the next round. The Blues had at least three more chances to extend the gap and score again before the Brazilian star converted a free-kick and the 18-year-old youngster came off the bench to add one for Maurizio Sarri‘s men.

CHELSEA – Kepa; Zappacosta, Christensen, David Luiz, Alonso; Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 62′), Jorginho (Kante 62′), Kovacic; Willian (Hudson-Odoi 77′), Giroud, Pedro.

DYNAMO KIEV – Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Shabanov, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Shepeliev; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Buyalskiy (Sidcley 71′); Rusyn (Garmash 66′)

Bookings: Shepeliev, Buyalskiy

Scorers: Pedro 17′ Willian 65′ Hudson-Odoi 90′

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