Chelsea and Arsenal have a Europa League final date on May 2019 as both sides try to end the season with a trophy.
Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri have been a regular feature in the Europa League this season, and 5 of his 7 starts this season have come in the Europa League.
Emerson has revealed that the competition has helped him become a better player this season.
“This type of competition helps you grow as a person and as a player,” Emerson said of his Europa League experiences.
“It has been very important for me personally. I think I have managed to do really well. I have demonstrated I am mature enough to play at this level, in this type of competition.
“I played in it once when I was at Roma but we couldn’t make it past the last 16. Now we have got the chance to play the final. I really hope we can bring it home, for me personally, my team-mates, the club and the fans.”
Emerson has revealed that he’s expecting a derby final against fellow London club Arsenal and believes that Unai Emery’s side will play with lots of aggression in Baku.
“It’s a derby and it’s a final, so we can’t calculate this like any game that we usually play,” Emerson states.
“I expect an Arsenal that will be very aggressive from the beginning because they didn’t manage to get into the top four.
“We managed to get into the Champions League and to win the Europa League on top of that would make this year a dream come true. Let’s hope we can make it happen.
“For me personally it would be immensely satisfying. I played a lot of the games and to win a tournament like this makes you feel an important player.”