Olivier Giroud treble steers Chelsea into last eight

16 Mars, 2019, 08:46 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Football news - Arsenal draw Napoli in quarter-final, Chelsea to face Slavia Prague

The convincing victory continues the Blues' run in Europe, with qualification for next season's Champions League awaiting the title winners.

Maurizio's Sarri's side are now sixth in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, but with a game in hand.

This weekend, only Chelsea have a league fixture, with Manchester United taking on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux hoping to get into the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup. This means that Arsenal's league game against Wolves has been postponed, as has Spurs fixture.

"We knew before the draw we could face any team and I always say if you want to win any competition, you need to be ready to play any team", Cech said. They are far from infallible, having lost 3-1 away to Red Bull Salzburg in the last 16 only to edge through on aggregate, but Arsenal will nonetheless have to be at their absolute best to progress.

Arsenal drew the short straw in the Europa League quarter-finals on Friday afternoon, as they were paired with Napoli, widely regarded as the best team left in the competition.

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Chelsea will take on Slavia Prague in the last eight following the draw in Nyon, which also produced an all-Spanish clash between Villarreal and Valencia.

The last win saw Stephen Naismith bag a hat-trick and was one of the games that led to the sacking of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as it appeared his side had downed tools.

That means that Unai Emery will need every ounce of his Europa League expertise to navigate the task against a side with a unsafe attack and the might of Kalidou Koulibaly at the back. The Spaniard could also face a former team in the last-four; Emery managed Valencia for four seasons between 2008 and 2012.

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