Examining Chelsea path to potential Europa League glory in Baku

17 March, 2019, 10:48 | Author: Isabel Grant
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As they face a two-window transfer ban, the club can ill-afford to lose him.

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti believes that it will be a hard challenge for his team to play Arsenal in the Europa League, but it will be one that the club and the fans will certainly relish. Arsenal, however, face an extremely challenging tie against Napoli.

The Gunners were due to have the second leg at the Emirates, but their tie was switched as they are not permitted to play at home on the same night as Chelsea.

However, having played the full ninety minutes on Thursday night, the Chelsea academy graduate is set to drop out of the lineup, making way for Ross Barkley, who will be returning to Goodison Park for the first time after leaving Everton for Chelsea in January past year.

The remaining tie pits Benfica against Eintracht Frankfurt, with the victor facing Chelsea or Slavia Prague in the semi-finals.

Portugal takes on Germany as Benfica are drawn with Eintracht Frankfurt for the third quarter-final.

With Napoli in a comfortable second place in Serie A, Ancelotti looks sure to lead the team back into the Champions League next season.

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Maurizio Sarri would surely love to win a trophy during his first campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge and his path to the final has now been mapped out.

Sale Marchetti, secretary general, is in control of the draw.

If his team can perform anywhere near to their best then there is no reason why they can't take home the trophy.

If Chelsea can get past Slavia Prague, they know that either Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt will be waiting in the semi-finals.

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The Italians are now second in Serie A to Juventus and have already shown their pedigree this season by beating Liverpool and drawing twice against Paris Saint-Germain in this season's Champions League group stages.

The final is on May 29 at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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