London calling - in Baku: Aubameyang hat-trick takes Arsenal into Chelsea showdown

10 May, 2019, 14:47 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Chelsea news N'Golo Kante Maurizio Sarri blame injury

Chelsea manager Maurzio Sarri insists that his team now "deserve a trophy" this season as they prepare to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi final second leg, having already "reached the club's target" by securing a top four finish in the Premier League.

Their success came after Liverpool pulled off an astonishing 4-3 aggregate win against Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur beat Ajax Amsterdam on the away goals rule to set up an all-English Champions League final in Madrid on June 1.

If they get past Eintracht, Chelsea will hope that Kante can recover in time to play in the final in Baku on 29 May.

A hat-trick by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed a final spot for Arsenal after they scored four away from home against Valencia, although the visitors looked shaky after conceding a goal from Kevin Gameiro.

Eden Hazard scored the winning penalty kick, setting up just the third all-England final in European continental competition history after the 2008 Champions League (Manchester United defeated Chelsea) and the upcoming 2019 Champions League final.

The Gunners will welcome back Ainsley Maitland-Niles after he sat out the draw with Brighton through suspension, while Petr Cech will take the place of Bernd Leno in goal, as he has done throughout the Europa League campaign.

More news: Liverpool In Champions League Final After Stunning Comeback Against Barcelona

He said: "I live in this club".

Lacazette then spurned a marvellous opportunity to all but put the tie beyond Valencia as he could only turn Aubameyang's pass onto the outside of the post when Arsenal's player of the season should have done so much better. Giving teams a Champions League place through the Europa league is a fair reward.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of the semi-final, Sarri said: "Kante had a problem with his hamstring, not really a very serious one but he needs to rest for a couple of weeks". Over the last seven, eight years he's been fantastic - the trophies he has helped us win. "I think we've learnt from last season and this year we didn't make the same mistakes".

"It's not easy because we have to play a risky team, as we saw in the first leg", Sarri said.

"Every worker in football, every professional, wants to play matches like tomorrow to try to get to a final". The performance we had, six wins and knocked out some Champions League teams and we nearly embarrassed the top team at home, but we have nothing to show for it.

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