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Chelsea head into the second leg of the Europa League semifinal clash against Eintracht Frankfurt with the advantage as the Blues scored an away goal in the 1-1 draw away in Germany.
The Blues are expected to make it to the final in Baku on May 29, but Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has played down talks that Chelsea are favourite as he reveals that Eintracht Frankfurt side are a difficult team to play against.
Sarri said: “It’s not easy because we have to play a dangerous team, as we saw in the first leg,. They are dynamic, aggressive and dangerous in the offensive phase, especially when they find space in counter-attacks, so it’s a dangerous match.
“In a semi-final, you always have to play against a strong team with strong players so it’s difficult to say we are favourites. They have two good strikers in [Luka] Jovic and [Ante] Rebic so we have to be careful.”
Sarri has now confirmed that N’Golo Kante will be unavailable for this clash as well as this season’s end of season game against Leicester City on Saturday, as the France international pulled out injured in the early minutes of the game against Watford on Sunday.
Kante limped off in the eight minute against Watford due to a hamstring issue, and Sarri is hoping he’ll be fit if the team reach the final in Baku.
Sarri said: “He had a problem with his hamstring,’ reported Sarri at his pre-match press conference.
“It was not very serious but he needs to rest for a couple of weeks. We can try to recover him for the final if we make it.”