Here’s why Arsenal’s Europa League game vs Napoli reversed but not Chelsea’s

Here’s why Arsenal’s Europa League game vs Napoli reversed but not Chelsea’s

Arsenal, who managed to overturn a 3-1 first-leg away deficit against Rennes in the round of 16, will face Carlo Ancelotti's side in what could be argued as the toughest draw of the round.

The Blues can still qualify for next season's Champions League by virtue of winning the Europa League in Maurizio Sarri's first season in charge.

"We started very well".

"He did very well, he is improving in the last month", he told BT Sport.

The Frenchman scored a hat-trick in Chelsea's 5-0 drubbing of Dynamo Kiev this week and has now scored nine goals in nine European games this season - the most in the competition.

It is not just the fate of the UEFA Champions League clubs that was decided in Nyon, but also that of the UEFA Europa League 2018-19 club who found out their opponents for the quarterfinals of the competition.

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"First of all, because it means we are in the final and I am happy with that".

The midfield sees Ruben Loftus-Cheek being handed a start alongside Mateo Kovacic and N'Golo Kante, with Jorginho provided a rest and Ross Barkley not risked, for the English global is one yellow card away from suspension.

"When I do the tests on the treadmill I have to say that I have one of the best tests [at the club]".

An all-Spanish affair for the second quarter-final.

Arkadiusz Milik scored a crucial away goal in the 14th minute to all but end the tie, leaving Salzburg needing five unanswered goals to progress. Valencia sneaked past Krasnodar thanks to a stoppage-time victor from Goncalo Guedes in the dying moments of the second leg.

Hudson-Odoi continued his eye-catching Europa League campaign with a goal and an assist at the Olympic Stadium, and Sarri was encouraged by the 18-year-old's display - while sounding a familiar note of caution. They've got a real chance of the top four.