Chelsea will host Frankfurt in the semi finals of the Europa League, in order to book a place in the final of the competition which will be played in Baku on the 29th May. In the first leg of the semi finals the game ended 1-1. Luka Jovic gave Frankfurt an early lead as the ball was crossed inside the box and Jovic headed the ball inside the back of the net. Frankfurt were very good in the first half but Chelsea started coming into the game in latter stages of the first half. The Englishmen Ruben Loftus-Cheek set up Pedro for the equaliser. It was a good strike from the Spaniard as the box was crowded and he managed to find the back of the net. Chelsea walked away with a crucial away goal which gives them a huge advantage going into the second leg. But Frankfurt will give Chelsea a fight and would be desperate to get to the final.
Chelsea will be taking part in next season’s Champions league as they managed to finish in the top 4 with a game remaining. But they should still try to win the Europa league as it would be a very good end to their season. After all the negativity that has been around the club throughout the season it would be a nice ending to their season by winning a European trophy.
- All four of the previous teams to draw the first leg of a Europa League semi-final away from home went on to progress to the final, most recently Atletico Madrid against Arsenal last season.
- Chelsea have been eliminated on three of the last four occasions they’ve drawn the first leg of a European knockout tie away from home, including their most recent two (vs PSG in the 2014-15 Champions League and vs Atletico in the 2013-14 Champions League).
- Chelsea could reach their first major European final since the 2013 Europa League, when they beat Benfica 2-1 under manager Rafael Benitez.
- Eintracht Frankfurt are looking to reach their first European final since the 1980 UEFA Cup, when they beat fellow German side Borussia Monchengladbach on away goals over two legs.
- Chelsea have never lost a home game against German opponents in all competitions (W7 D2), keeping a clean sheet in seven of their nine such games.
- Eintracht Frankfurt have lost their last four away games against English sides by an aggregate score of 1-1, however, their last such game was at Spurs in 1982.
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 16 Europa League games, the longest such run in the competition since it was rebranded in 2009-10.
- Eintracht have only lost one of their last eight away Europa League games (W5 D2), though it was in the last round at Benfica.
- The German side have scored in all six of their games on the road in the competition this season.
- Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud has scored 10 Europa League goals this season – the last player to score more or an English club in a season in a single major European competition (excluding qualifiers) was Alan Shearer in 2004-05 (11 in the UEFA Cup).
- Luka Jovic has scored nine goals in the Europa League this season – it’s the most goals scored by an Eintracht Frankfurt player in a campaign in a single major European competition.
“The level of the Premier League is clear. You have to concede that in May it is not easy to play in a good physical condition. Tomorrow is match 61, it is not easy physically or mentally. The level is clear. If you consider that we got to the final in the League Cup and played Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City. You know the idea of the level. We have to play a semi-final against a strong team and it is difficult to be favourite. I don’t know. I am sure that tomorrow they can play at their best and have two strikers very good, Jovic and Rebic and we need to be careful”.Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea: N’Golo Kante will miss the second leg of the europa league after he suffered a hamstring injury during the Watford game. Antonio Rudiger will also be out for the second leg.
Frankfurt: Rebic is available ahead of the trip to London. Sebastien Haller will miss the game due to a stomach virus.
Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Emerson, Kovacic, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.
The first leg in Germany was a very competitive game between the sides and Chelsea scored a crucial away goal which has given them huge advantages. Chelsea have to come out with the right mentality because Frankfurt will be up for the occasion and will give it their all because they have nothing to lose and they will give Chelsea a proper fight. As the game is at Stamford Bridge Chelsea will feel more comfortable and they would love to reach another European Final. Even though it will be a very tough game I believe Chelsea will walk out winners.
Chelsea 2-0 Frankfurt.
Chelsea vs Frankfurt
Thursday 9th May 2019
Kick off: 8pm UK time
UP THE CHELS!