CHELSEA GIVEN ‘EASY ROUTE’ TO EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL

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Chelsea have been given a good draw in the Europa League as Maurizio Sarri’s side have been drawn to face Czech Republic side Slavia Prague in the last eight.

The first game will take place in the Czech Republic on Thursday 11 April with the game at Stamford Bridge on Thursday 18 April. Kick-off times will be confirmed later today.

Chelsea defeated Dynamo Kiev 8-0 on aggregate in the round of 16, and the Blues will now have to face the Czech Republic side in the last eight.

See the Champions League quarter-final draw in full:

Napoli v Arsenal

Villarreal v Valencia

Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt

Slavia Prague v Chelsea

For the semi-final draw:

Napoli or Arsenal v Villarreal or Valencia

Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt v Slavia Prague or Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri will be pleased with the draw as he has been hoping to avoid meeting his former side Napoli except in the finals. And if Chelsea and Napoli win their quarter-final and semi-final clash, the two teams will face off in the final in May.

Asked if he would want to play Napoli in the quarter finals, Sarri said: I prefer to face them in the final.

“First of all, because it means we are in the final and I am happy with that. And second, it means that Naples are in the final, and I am happy.

“You know very well my relationship with the city, with the people. So, for me, it will be very difficult to play against them in Naples.”

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