UEFA Europa League: Chelsea vs Eintracht Frankfurt: preview, line-ups, prediction
Chelsea will try to reach the Europa League final for the second time in their history. Eintracht, in turn, will try to gain a foothold in the role of one of the main sensations of the season, reaching the final of the European Tournament.
The teams are two steps away from the final goal. On the eve, Chelsea secured a place in the Champions League zone for the next season, so the pressure on Sarri’s wards should be much less than on Eintracht players. The Eagles, in turn, were sent to the deepest knockout in the Bundesliga, losing to Bayer with a 1:6 score.
In this fight, the advantage is on the London team’s side: the level of the players, the home stadium, the first-leg result, and, of course, moral component.
Hütter’s charges didn’t have much time to move away from the hit that they got in the Bundesliga last weekend. The Austrian specialist has already shown his coaching talent this season, and Eintracht have shown their toothed ambitions as a promising team. The season is already successful a priori. However, the Eagles are a few steps away from the second chance in their history to participate in the Champions League and the first in the last 59 years.
The Europa League is the last opportunity for Chelsea to achieve a trophy in the current season. Therefore, Sarri’s boys will have enough motivation.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rüdiger won’t help their team tonight, and it is a considerable problem for Sarri. However, as recent games have shown, there are a few to replace them. Also, N’golo Kante won’t play. Sarri said before the match that the Frenchman had problems with his hip and could only return to the final.
Eintracht have two footballers under the question – Haller and Rode. Therefore, the appearance of these players from the first minutes can hardly be expected.
Chelsea: Kepa — Emerson, David Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta — Kovacic, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek — Hazard, Giroud, Willian
Eintracht: Trapp — Hinteregger, Abraham, N’Dicka — Fernandes, Gaćinović, Hasebe — Da Costa, Kostic — Rebic, Jovic
Players to note: Hazard, Loftus-Cheek — Jovic, Kostic
Time: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)