Another European trophy is up for grabs for the Blues as they face Arsenal in the final of the Europa League. Chelsea have a chance to become the third English team to win this competition twice. Chelsea won this competition in the 12/13 season after defeating Benfica 2-1 in the final. Branislav Ivanovic scored in the dying minutes of the game to help win the Europa league. Since winning the competition in 2013, the Blues featured in this competition for the first time this season after finishing 5th last season. Although Chelsea will be playing Champions league football next season as they finished 3rd in the Premier League, it also gives Sarri a chance to win his first trophy in his first season in England.
So let’s have a recap shall we? How did Chelsea get to Baku.
Chelsea were placed in Group L and the teams in their group were FC Bate Borisov, MOL Vidi, and PAOK FC. Chelsea won their group quite comfortably. They finished on 16 points, winning 5 games and drawing 1. Chelsea’s best performance in group stages came against Bate Borisov, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored a hat-trick as Chelsea won the game 3-1.
In the round of 32 Chelsea were drawn against a Swedish side called Malmö FF. Chelsea won their away leg in Sweden by scoring 2 away goals. Goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud sealed the win for Chelsea, although it was a very poor performance by the Blues. In the 2nd leg at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea won 3-0 as Giroud and Barkley were on the scoresheet yet again. Callum Hudson-Odoi got the 3rd goal and confirmed Chelsea’s place in the R16.
Chelsea were drawn against FC Dynamo Kyiv. It was a mismatch for the Ukrainian side as they got thumped 8-0 on Aggregate. Chelsea won first leg at Stamford bridge by scoring 3 goals. In Ukraine, Chelsea came out 5-0 winners as Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick, and Chelsea were through to the Quarter finals of the Europa League.
Chelsea were then drawn against SK Slavia Prague. It was set to be a tough game for the Blues. Chelsea were lucky to come out with a 1-0 win in the away leg as they scored a goal in dying minutes of the game, courtesy of the Spaniard Marcos Alonso. In the second leg at Stamford Bridge the Czech side gave the Blues a scare and made it 4-3 on the night. If Prague scored 2 more goals Chelsea would have exited the competition. Luckily they held on and progressed to the semi finals of the Europa league.
Chelsea were set to face a German side Eintracht Frankfurt. The first leg ended 1-1. Jovic gave the German side the lead but the Pedro levelled it up and the Blues had a vital away goal. The 2nd leg was quite tense as the game went to penalties and Kepa made two outstanding saves to keep Chelsea in the game. Eden Hazard scored the last penalty and Chelsea were on their way to Baku.