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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’s manager Maurizio Sarri is ready for tonight’s Europa League final vs Arsenal at Baku.

The Italian coach, during his pre-game press conference gave an update on the injuries’ situation for the Blues: “We are in trouble with the midfielders. We have only three midfielders for three positions. We are in trouble. N’Golo is very important. He is the only defensive midfielder that we have. We will try to recover him. N’Golo for us, it is a problem”. Sarri explained. “He had a little problem in his knee on Saturday. We are trying. It is not serious but it is the problem of three or four days. We will try, but right now we don’t know. 50/50, yesterday 60/40 for no, but now 50/50. He was a little better this morning”.

Today Sarri can win the first trophy in professional football, but he still doesn’t consider this the most important night in his career: “I don’t know. Because the feeling between coach and media is different. For media this is the most important of my life, for me maybe not”. the Italian claimed. “Maybe for me more important was a match in Serie B in Italy. I don’t know. Tomorrow I might be able to tell you my feelings. Not at the moment.”

Finally, Sarri gave also a message to all Chelsea fans especially those who couldn’t travel to Baku: “I don’t know what to say about the problems. You have to ask UEFA and the clubs. I am very disappointed. We do this job for this kind of match. We want our fans here. We will try to win for us and also for them”.

 

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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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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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Speaking ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash vs Dinamo Kiev, Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri said the competition is one of the club’s target for this season:

The Europa League is a very important competition. It is the second competition in Europe”. the Italian said. “It’s a very important trophy, and then there is a spot for the next Champions League, so it’s a very important target for us.”

However, Sarri himself believes Chelsea can reach the next Champions League by finishing the current Premier League in one of the top-four spots: “I think we can gain the spot in the Champions League through the Premier League,” Sarri explained. “We are fighting. We are only two points [behind fourth-placed Manchester United] at the moment. We have to play one match [in hand]”.

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Speaking at a press conference ahead of Chelsea pre-season friendly vs Perth Glory, midfielder Cesc Fabregas urged his team-mate Eden Hazard to stay with the Blues.

I think he’s our best player. We are a top club, we want to be a top team, we want to win things, and for that you need your best players. Eden is one of them,” Fabregas told reporters. “He’s a player that we all love to play with, especially me. For us, he’s our most important player. Everyone loves him – the fans, the club, the players, and we need him. He knows that.”

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Chelsea finished their season with a high note, winning the Fa Cup last Saturday vs Manchester United.

A day to remember also for the Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta: “I really enjoyed that, for our last game of the season it was a great effort to win the FA Cup,” Azpilicueta told Chelsea official website. “We had to defend well and we did just that to ensure it was a great final day of the season”.

It was important to win this trophy because Chelsea had some difficult weeks during the Premier League campaign this year: “I think for the first part of the season we were really good, but then we had a couple of weeks where we weren’t at our best and we dropped off a little”. Azpilicueta admitted. “So it was very important for us finish the season and to win a trophy for the club and for the fans. They deserved this.”

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N’Golo Kanté reckons Chelsea can beat Manchester United in next Saturday FA Cup final.

Speaking to his club official website about this game on Saturday evening, the French midfielder said:

“Every final is different.

“We have played Manchester United twice this season, we have won once and lost once, and I think we have our chances of winning this game and getting this trophy.”

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