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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 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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Chelsea are considering to place a January bid to land PSV starlet Hirving Lozano to Stamford Bridge after Maurizio Sarri suggested the board to complete signings and his side were held to a goalless draw against Southampton, according to reports in Italy.

Despite Willian and Pedro look set to recover from minor injuries “in one week”, the Italian manager is reportedly considering to strengthen his attacking options in the current transfer window.

The Blues have confirmed on Wednesday the signing of Christian Pulisic, who will spend the next six months at Borussia Dortmund before joining the Blues on a £58m move.

The Mexico international has been linked also with a move to former Sarri’s side SSC Napoli.

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Jorginho decided to accept Chelsea‘s offer instead of joining Manchester City earlier last summer, when both clubs had bid accepted from Serie A side Napoli.

The Brazilian born midfielder has revealed his mother made him choose to reunite with Maurizio Sarri: “A lot of things happen and then, of course, it comes down to preferences. I’m really happy with my choice to be here at Chelsea…what’s happened has happened and I’m happy to be there now”.

“My mum was a big influence in me coming here. Every decision, I speak to my mum and this one was the same. My mum has always been by my side for every decision I take.”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was asked to provide a comment regarding his former player at Napoli Kalidou Koulibaly, who suffered racist chants from a small minority of fans at San Siro on Wednesday. Before the game, an Inter Milan fan died following clashes outside the stadium.

The Italian boss wanted to show his support towards the Napoli defender: “You know that in Italy there are some problems in football. Especially for Naples, I think.

“We stopped two matches when I was there, one against Lazio in Rome [Lazio-Napoli on 3rd February 2016], and another against Sampdoria in Genoa [Sampdoria-Napoli on 13rd May 2018]“.

“I am sorry for Kalidou because he’s a wonderful man. I’m very sorry for him and in Italy we can do more about this problem”.

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More from Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who had his say following tonight’s home win against FC Vidi in the Europa League.

Meanwhile, the Italian manager’s former side SSC Napoli earned a last-gasp victory over Liverpool on Wednesday night

Sarri, speaking to Sky Sport in Italy was also asked to give a comment on Carlo Ancelotti’s men win against Reds, a team which Chelsea faced twice last week (0-1 in the third round of Carabao Cup, then a 1-1 draw last Saturday).

He said: “That was what I hoped for [a win from his former side]. We had two hard-fought battles against Liverpool them last week, I like to think they were fatigued because of me”.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had his say following Europa League victory over FC Vidi at Stamford Bridge tonight. The Blues are currently leaders of Group B with 6 points having beaten also PAOK in their first Europa League clash last time out.

The Italian manager told Sky Sport in Italy he’s satisfied with the performance showed against Hungarian side FC Vidi despite several changes have inevitably affected the team balance.

“We changed 8 players and I thing the answer from my players was good, all things considered. In the first half we had opportunities for scoring, we didn’t do it and so the second half has been very hard. I think it was an important three points. We have created a lot of goal opportunities but we have conceded two, three opportunities to the opponents.”

“I think we have to do better in the defensive phase, in the positions under the line of the ball, to avoid the counter attacks of the opponents. We have to do better I think.”

On Alvaro Morata“Apart from the goal he scored, [Alvaro] Morata linked-up with teammates tonight and he was present. Yes, he also scored a goal which could help him to start again. His qualities are very important, he must find a way to pull them out I think Alvaro can restart from this performance.”

“I hope so [he can be recalled from Spain soon]. But, as I said before, he has to restart again, from the performance. He played very well, better than in the last period and so we can restart with this performance”

Of course, for us he’s a very important player. At the moment we have Alvaro and Giroud, but we have to play every three days for a long time, I think, I hope, and so he’s a very important player for us, for our season. Both, Alvaro and Olivier.”

“The atmosphere was really beautiful at Stamford Bridge, but it’s always like that. You see the crowd so close to the dugout and is sensational, but also playing the Champions League with Napoli you have no common feelings”. 

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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is enjoying a great start to the season after having joined the Blues from Serie A side SSC Napoli on a £57m move last summer.

The Brazilian born metronome has attempted 180 passes in the London derby against West Ham United last time out, which is the highest number for a player in a single Premier League game.

Jorginho has also scored a goal for Chelsea so far, converting into goal a penalty against Huddersfield Town earlier last month in the opener of 2018/19 season.

Chelsea failed to get their fifth win in five Premier League games but managed to earn a positive  draw against London rivals West Ham United at Olympic Stadium last time out.

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Latest signing in midfield Jorginho made his Chelsea debut against Perth Glory today, when Maurizio Sarri earned his first victory as manager at the club.

The Italy international, who joined Chelsea on a five-year deal on a move in the region of £50m plus add-ons from SSC Napoli, showed his pass accuracy at Optus Stadium in his first appearance for the Blues.

Jorginho made 101 touches on the ball and completed 98 passes helping the team to reach an outstanding  number of 3.236 passes completed in the whole game.

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