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It has been a long Europa League season, and the competition is already in the final phase as the first leg of the semifinal clash has been played.
Chelsea played a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt in their first leg meeting as the Blues take the advantage heading into the second leg meeting at Stamford Bridge next week.
If Chelsea overcome the Germans in the semis, it’ll most likely be an all English final as Arsenal won their first leg clash against Valencia 3-1.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he doesn’t care who he meets in the final and insists that his sole desire is to win the competition.
Sarri said: “I want the final against any team, Arsenal or Valencia. For me it’s exactly the same. I want the final and this time I don’t want to play the final, I want to win.
“Three months ago we were in trouble in a difficult championship. It’s not easy to react. We were able to react. Now in the last 15 days of the season we are fighting for the top four, and we are fighting to reach the final of the Europa League. At the end of the season we deserve a trophy.”
Speaking after the draw with Eintracht Frankfurt, Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta admitted that it was a difficult clash and that he’s looking forward to the final in Baku.
Azpilicueta said: “At 1-0 down we were a bit in trouble but we ended the first half well and had more chances than them.
“We knew that we did not start well, we couldn’t cope with their pressure and conceded. ‘We scored at a good time which was important and the ambition of the team was to win the game in the second half. Jorginho is important for us to control the game.
“We have an away goal which is important but it is only the first step. Everything will be decided next Thursday.
“They are a dangerous team. The job started in September, now let’s finish it and bring our fans to Baku.”