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Chelsea and Arsenal will meet again for the third time this season, as fans of the two sides wait for the Europa League final in Baku on May 29.
Both sides have beaten each other this season, but this final represents a different context to what we’ve seen in their two London derby games this season.
For Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri, it’s a chance to win a trophy and end the season on a high. But for Arsenal, it’s a chance to not only win a trophy but make top four.
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes that Arsenal are under much more pressure than Chelsea heading to this game.
“More pressure on Arsenal because they want the Champions League spot for next season,” said Mourinho.
“They play for many millions so more pressure on the Arsenal side.”
For Eden Hazard he believes the match, though 2,500 miles away in Azerbaijan, will feel just like a Premier League game.
He told RMC Sport: “It’s a bit far, but we are preparing for it in the same way as if it was in the Premier League. It’s a European final, a great moment for both clubs.
“I’ve been lucky enough to win the Europa League already with Chelsea, but I want to win it a second time. We’ll go motivated like never before and try and win the match.”
He added: “In terms of intensity, it will be a Premier League game. Two teams that respect each other, two teams with great players, we know their coach is used to winning the Europa League, but in a final it’s 50/50.”
Chelsea have already secured Champions League football for next term and Sarri fears his side may be less motivated than Arsenal, who need to win to gain entry to the competition.
Asked whether Arsenal would be the more motivated of the two sides, Sarri replied: “It’s a risk of course.
“We risk having less motivation than the opponents but you have to consider the pressure, and they have more pressure on them.
“There is a positive side and a negative side.
“We didn’t want to play this final for a Champions League place. We wanted the Champions League through the Premier League. Then we wanted to win a trophy. So the final is very important for us.
“We aren’t playing for Champions League, but we feel we deserve to win a trophy.”