Eintracht Frankfurt indeed made it difficult for Chelsea as the Blues needed a penalty shootout win to go through to the final of the Europa League.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored Chelsea’s opener in the 28th minute as the Blues controlled the first-half, but Chelsea conceded early after the restart as Luka Jovic scored four minutes into the second-half to even the scoreline and create a tense ending to the game.
Both teams had opportunities to win the game, and at the end, Chelsea got through to the final from the penalty spot, with Kepa Arrizabalaga saving two penalty shots.
Frankfurt boss Adi Hutter revealed before the game that his side will go all out against Chelsea and make the game difficult for the Blues, and it was exactly what they did.
It was indeed a very difficult final for Chelsea, and at the end of the day, Maurizio Sarri’s side won on penalties. Speaking after the game, Hutter congratulated Chelsea for reaching the final and also hailed his team’s performance at Stamford Bridge.
“Firstly I’d like to congratulate Chelsea for reaching the final,” said the Frankfurt boss, as reported by the tournament’s official website.
“We’re very disappointed that our final dream has not become reality. I’m unbelievably proud of the team and the performance here at Stamford Bridge.
“There’s huge disappointment [in the dressing room]. We were all dreaming of going to the final. I can only congratulate them [the Eintracht players] on what they’ve achieved.
“We’ve made people take note of our team [this season] and I think that’s very important.”