Chelsea will be away to Eintracht Frankfurt tonight at the Commerzbank Arena for the first leg of the Europa League semi-final clash in Germany.
The German side showed they weren’t pushovers when they overcame a 4-2 defeat in their first leg quarterfinal clash against Benfica to beat the Portuguese side 2-0 in Germany to book a place in the semi-final. They’ve also knocked out the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan, to show that they are no pushovers.
Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed that he’s expecting a difficult battle against Eintracht Frankfurt, admitting that the Germans play with intensity and high pressure.
Cesar said ahead of the game: “Eintracht dominated the group stage in the Europa League. They knocked out Shakhtar, Inter, Benfica.
“They play with very high intensity, with high pressure, and they put a lot of bodies in the box in the final third, so we expect a tough game from the beginning. We have to match this intensity. We know for both teams when you are so close to the final every ball is very important.
“Especially when you play away from home you have to be ready from the beginning. Both teams are very close to the final. It’s something we have been working towards since September. Hopefully we can have a good game tomorrow.”
Chelsea are favourites to win this competition and Azpilicueta who won the competition in 2013 when Chelsea defeated Benfica in the final in Amsterdam has revealed that he’s expecting to win the Europa League for the second time as Chelsea aim to win the final in Baku.
“The first trophy is something special,” he said at a media conference in Germany tonight.
“I have great memories from it. The Europa League is the second biggest competition in Europe. Here in Chelsea every season we start and we go for every trophy.
“Through the year you can be out of some of them, but at the moment we are in the semi-final of the Europa League. It’s a long way to get here and many good teams are not in the last four. Winning a trophy is a priority. It’s our aim. Hopefully we can be in Baku on May 29.
“It’s our moment to step up and try to win it for the second time in our history.”