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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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Chelsea face Eintracht Frankfurt tonight at Stamford Bridge as the Blues try to reach the Europa League‘s final.

Here are the confirmed lineups.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Hazard, Giroud, Willian

Subs: Caballero, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Barkley, Higuain, Pedro

Eintracht Frankfurt: 

Trapp, Falette, Hinteregger, Abraham, Kostic, Rode, Hasebe, Da Costa, Rebic, Jovic, Gacinovic

Subs: Ronnow, Ndicka, Chandler, Fernandes, De Guzman, Haller, Paciencia

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Tomorrow night Chelsea take on Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge in the Europa League‘s semifinal second leg.

After last week’s draw in Germany, the Blues are favourite to reach the final, but speaking during his pre-game press conference, Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri warns his team they have to forget the first leg’s result: “We have to play to win, without managing the results. That’s too dangerous (to do). It’s not easy because we play a very dangerous team, as we saw in the first leg”. Sarri explained. “They are very dynamic and aggressive in the defensive phase, and dangerous in the offensive phase especially when they find spaces on the counter-attack. So it’s a dangerous match.”

Chelsea have already qualified for the next Champions League, now the Europa League can allow the Blues to reach their second target for this season: “We reached the target of the club. And so we are really very happy with this”. Sarri went on. “Now we have to play in another competition and the target is to reach the final – the first target – and the final target will be to win the competition. Our feeling is that we deserve to win a trophy, so it’s a very important match, of course.”

Finally, Sarri gives an injury-update, revealing N’Golo Kante will be back only if Chelsea will reach the final: “Kante had a problem with his hamstring, not really a very serious one but he needs to rest for a couple of weeks. So we can try to recover him only in case we reach the final.”

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French midfielder N’Golo Kante is aware the importance of winning the Europa League for Chelsea:

We can make the season beautiful by winning the Europa League,” said Kante. “That’s the only title we can win now, so it would be great to win the Europa League. I think at the beginning of the game it was a good feeling to score three goals like this. The most important thing was to qualify. We’ll go into the semi-final with confidence and we hope to qualify for the final.”

The Blues, as said by Kante, are confident, however, the midfielder doesn’t consider Maurizio Sarri‘s team the favourite to lift the trophy: “We’re not favourites; we played a good match and we will do all we can to get to the final,” Kante went on. “But we’re not favourites. It was important for us to win this game. I think it’s important to be in the semi-finals, it was our target. We played a good game, it was difficult in the second-half but we got what we wanted and we are happy for that. I think they worked very well, they tried to push more and scored two beautiful goals. And after that we managed to hold on to keep the win.”

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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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Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho gave his thought on Kepa Arrizabalaga‘s decision to stay on the pitch despite Maurizio Sarri had decided to substitute him with Willy Caballero in the extra-time of Carabao Cup final against Man City on Sunday.

Mourinho, speaking after the game, told DAZN“No, luckily I never had to live through anything like this.

“I think on the one hand the goalkeeper wants to show his personality, his confidence, and wants to say ‘I’m here, I want to go to penalties and save them, and I am here with the confidence that I will go and do it’. And this is what I like”.

He added: “Then I don’t really like that Kepa leaves the manager, the coaches and everyone else in a very fragile situation, also including one of his own team-mates who was ready to enter the pitch.

“Eventually we saw how Caballero was thrown into a mess that he wasn’t really part of. It saddens me, because it’s a really complicated situation.”

Kepa Arrizabalaga was eventually fined one week’s wage by Chelsea after his refusal to be substituted, despite Maurizio Sarri insisted ‘the matter is now closed’.

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Chelsea have fined goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga one week’s wage after the Spaniard refused to be substituted in the extra-time of Carabao Cup final against Man City on Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri insists Kepa ‘matter is now closed’ and insists ‘there was a misunderstanding’ when Willy Caballero was set to replace him before being forced to return to the dugout.

Sarri told Chelsea’s official website: “Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation. There was a misunderstanding yesterday but he realises he made a big mistake in the way he reacted.”

“He has apologised to me, his team-mates and the club. It is up to the club if they want to discipline him according to the club rules, but for me this matter is now closed.

“The team performance as a whole was extremely positive and it is a shame to see how this incident has overshadowed our efforts in what was a very competitive Cup Final. Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us”.

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Yesterday Chelsea lost the Carabao Cup final vs Manchester City: of course this is not a good result for Maurizio Sarri‘s side, but, altough disappointed, defender Antonio Rudiger claimed there are some positive aspects.

We sat back and waited to counter-attack”. Rudiger told Chelsea’s official website. “Defensively we did well. At the end of the day a penalty shoot-out is 50-50, and they won”.

According to Rudiger, Chelsea’s performance was good, because their tactics was different from the one’s shown during the Premier League game at Etihad Stadium, when Manchester City trashed the Blues: “Against certain teams you have to sit back and wait. At City a couple of weeks ago we went attacking, attacking, attacking and we all know what happened”. Rudiger went on. “Of course it’s disappointing to lose a final. We had only one chance, with N’Golo Kante. Defensively we did what we could and at the end of the day penalties is always 50-50.”

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Chelsea defender David Luiz was asked to reveal what he told Blues’ goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga when the Spaniard refused to leave the pitch in the extra-time of Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

The centre-back was the only player of Chelsea seen speaking with Kepa when Maurizio Sarri decided to substitute him with Willy Caballero. 

Luiz, who missed the decisive penalty as well as Jorginho, told SkySports: “I just said to him we have to respect the decision of the coach.

 “But, I don’t know if the coach wanted to change him because he was feeling pain or it was his [tactical] decision.”

“I think the coach he wished to do the substitution because [he was not sure] of the injury, he didn’t understand that.

“[Kepa] was telling us he was good. He was okay. The game sometimes you don’t have much time to explain things, it’s okay”.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga took to social media as he tried to explain his refusal to leave the pitch in the extra-time of Carabao Cup’s final against Man City, with Willy Caballero set to replace him.

He said: “First of all, I have to say it was misunderstood. In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss”.

“Just that it was misunderstood, because I had been attended to by the medics twice, and he thought that I wasn’t in condition to continue. It was two or three minutes of confusion until the medics got to the bench, and they explained everything well”.

“This was nothing to do with the problems I had this week, with [hamstring] it wasn’t that. And, well, it was misunderstood. Because he thought I couldn’t continue, and – fundamentally – I was trying to say that physically I was fine”.

Kepa added: “I know if you see it from outside, I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image. I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood. I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager. We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine”.

“I don’t think it has to be the major act of this final. I understand we played a good level against one of the best teams in the world. We were close to winning, obviously we’re sad that we didn’t, and I think the team needs to continue playing like this, because today we’ve shown we can compete against the best teams. Among the negatives, we have to take the positives”.

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