Chelsea are favourites to beat Czech Republic side Slavia Prague away at the Sinobo Stadium in the Europa League clash on Thursday night.
However, speaking ahead of the game, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has called for caution and has admitted that the Czech side are a dangerous opponent.
“We need to be careful because this is a very dangerous match for us,” Sarri said in his press conference.
“They are very dangerous. They scored six goals in two matches against Sevilla. We need to be very compact and to defend very well. Especially on crosses they attack the box with five or six players, and they are dangerous on counter-attacks. It won’t be easy for us.”
Sarri is wary of Slavia Prague who currently top the Czech league and beat Spanish side Sevilla 6-5 over two legs to reach the Europa League quarterfinal.
Slavia Prague are in really good form and are yet to lose a game in their last ten matches in all competitions, with their last defeat coming against Viktoria Plzen back in February.
BetVictor pundit Michael Owen predicted a 1-1 draw for this clash.
He said: “Slavia Prague have scored 10 times in their last two games in domestic football, but they are likely to find Chelsea a different proposition.
“This is a big week for the Blues who travel to Anfield on Sunday in the Premier League and they had Eden Hazard to thank for three points against West Ham on Monday following a virtuoso performance from the Belgian magician.
“Slavia produced the shock of the round in the last 16 when they eliminated Spanish giants Sevilla 6-5 on aggregate courtesy of a 119th minute winner. They clearly have goals in their ranks, but I expect Maurizio Sarri’s side to get a draw and score an important away goal.”