After the Champions League, it is the turn of the Europa League to have a final between two English clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal, winners of their respective matches Thursday
England is in fashion. The final of the Europa League will oppose, like its big sister the Champions League , two Premier League clubs: Arsenal and Chelsea have qualified Thursday at the expense of Valencia (4-2, go: 3-1) and Frankfurt (4 -3 on penalties, 1-1 ap).
No question of Brexit in European football: May 29, Europe will have their eyes turned to the Olympic Stadium in Baku (Azerbaijan) but it could very well have looked at the side of London as the poster of this final will have British accent.
— L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) May 9, 2019
Because the two neighboring clubs, which were favorites of this final phase of the Champions League, have held their rank, although Chelsea was very afraid to overcome the Eintracht on penalties. And for the first time in history, the finals of the two major European Cups will feature four clubs from the same country, England.
An undeniable success for the Premier League, especially as it is a different fifth club, Manchester City, which is in a strong position to win the national championship.
Emery is aiming for a 4th Europa Cup
Chelsea-Arsenal, beyond being a duel of Londoners, will be an important issue for the Gunners. The men of Unai Emery can no longer enter the Champions League through the championship and must win on May 29th, at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, to secure his place in the Champions League.
Chelsea side, a coronet could he convince Eden Hazard, that the rumors send abroad, to stay with the Blues? That would be a delight for the fans, as the Belgian, who played his 350th game with Chelsea on Thursday, shone again, opening the score to Ruben Loftus-Cheek (28th) and scoring the final shot on goal.
Le dernier penalty d’Eden Hazard qui permet d’envoyer Chelsea en finale. #CHEFRA
— Chelsea FR (@ChelseaFrance) May 9, 2019
A ticket to the Champions League, which Arsenal has been watching on TV for two seasons, would comfort Gunners coach Unai Emery, the Europa League specialist. He will try to win his 4th Europa League in six years, after his tripling at the controls of Seville (2014-2015-2016), but for his first season in London, he has already managed what Arsenal has not done since 2006 : to reach a European final.
This match will also give Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the opportunity to shine once again, after his triplet on Thursday in Valencia in a crazy return match where the French Kevin Gameiro (dubbed) and Alexandre Lacazette also scored.
And it will allow – perhaps – the legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech to finish his career with a trophy in his last match, if Emery maintains the rotation set up, which favors the Czech for European matches