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Chelsea have the advantage over Eintracht Frankfurt as the Blues will take a crucial away goal back to Stamford Bridge in the return leg after Pedro cancelled out Luka Jovic’s opener in Germany.
Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of the Europa League clash, and a number of players had a good game.
From our player ratings, N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek had the highest rating (both scored 8), and former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves was particularly impressed with Loftus-Cheek who was brilliant against the Germans.
Hargreaves told BT Sport: “I think Ruben deserves special praise for his performance tonight.
“In a semi-final, as a 23-year-old… he was Chelsea’s best player. I thought he was terrific. In the second half I thought Chelsea were terrific as a whole actually.
“The first 30 minutes they were surprised by Frankfurt’s intensity but they grew in the game and could have had a second goal. Once Pedro’s goal went in Frankfurt ran out of confidence and energy.”
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was also impressed with the performance of Loftus-Cheek and revealed that he took him with about ten minutes left due to a cramp, as Loftus-Cheek himself requested to be taken off.
Sarri said: “He is a very important player. He has improved a lot during the season. When he is at the top physically he is a very important player for us. It’s not easy for him to train with consistency because of his back, but in this match he was really fit.
“Unfortunately with 10 minutes to go he had cramp and asked for a substitution.”
Chelsea seemed to lose control of the game after Loftus-Cheek was subbed off.