Chelsea Vs Frankfurt Europa League 09 May Preview
Chelsea take on Eintracht Frankfurt at the Stamford Bridge having played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final encounter.
Luka Jovic gave Frankfurt the lead before Pedro scored the equalizer and saved the blushes of the Blues supporters.
Chelsea have secured a top-four finish and are still in contention for Europa league victory. Champions League qualification had been their aim all season but Sarri will be willing to lift a silverware in his debut season in London.
The Italian gaffer admitted that his side should have returned to the Stamford Bridge with more than one away goal but Chelsea showed in the first leg that they had the potential to make light work of their counterparts if they were all at their best.
That said, Sarri would be worried about his backline who have kept only one clean sheet in as many as five outings.
Recent form: W W W W W D
The Bundesliga club will count themselves lucky to go into this game still on level terms with Chelsea.
The German outfit might have started and ended the game on a high note but they looked out of sorts midway through the encounter with Chelsea dictating the pace and flow of the game.
Their performance in their Bundesliga game against Bayer Leverkusen seemed even more worrisome with Frankfurt conceding six goals in the opening 39 minutes to highlight how easy it was for the German outfit to lose focus.
However, Frankfurt will be buoyed by the fact that Ante Rebic will be featuring in this game having missed out on the first leg due to suspension.
The pair of Rebic and Jovic have contributed a total of 36 goals in all competitions this term and could cause some upset if their spark is ignited.
Recent form: W D W L W D
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Possible Starting Line-Up
Kepa; Palmieri, Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kovacic; Hazard, Giroud, Willian
Trapp; Falette, Hinteregger, Abraham; Kostic, Rode, Hasebe, Fernandes; Rebic, Jovic