Chelsea go all the way to Germany to lock horns with Eintracht Frankfurt for the first leg of their double-legged Europa semis tie with a bid to extend their unbeaten run in this year’s competition.
Frankfurt still have a lot of work remaining on their hands to do if they intend securing a top-four finish but an European title for the first time in the last 39 years has now become top priority for the German side.
Frankfurt were regarded as dark horses before the start of the competition but have now shown that they have the characteristics of a top European team pipping other fancied teams on their path to the semis.
They have been impressive with frontman, Luka Jovic registering 25 goals in all competitions for the Hutter side.
That said, they have scored only two points from their last three Bundesliga games and look in the danger of fading away so far.
Recent form: D W D W L W
Chelsea now have two routes to qualify for Champions league football come next season where they’d like to think they belong.
Despite a torrid start to the season when compared to the other teams who make the top six, Sarri’s men seem like they are becoming accustomed to the former Napoli man style of play with Eden Hazard beginning to take the centre stage rather than Jorginho who was brought in with the charge of distributing those heartbreaking passes.
Despite picking up that interesting pattern, they have been goal-shy and have had Hazard do all the work with the Belgian recording 16 goals and 13 assists in the league this season for the London club.
They would have to be ruthless in front of goal if they truly have intentions of going past this Frankfurt team.
Recent form (Champions League): W W W W W W
Possible Starting Line-Up
Trapp; Hasebe, Hinteregger, Ndicka; Kostic, Fernandes, Rode, Costa; Paciencia, Jovic, Gacinovic
Arrizabalaga; Palmieri, Luiz, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Barkely, Jorginho, Kante; Hazard, Giroud, Pedro