Europa League: Chelsea, Arsenal look to make history with yet another all-English final
For the first time in football, we could witness an all-English affair in both the Champions League final and the Europa League final, if Chelsea and Arsenal make it through their semi-final ties.
After a week of nail biting Champions League drama epitomised by groundbreaking comebacks, Chelsea and Arsenal have the chance to put the icing on England's football cake.
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According to Skysports, no country has ever had all four finalists in the Champions League and the Europa League finals in the same season.
Arsenal step into the second leg on the right foot after Alexandre Lacazette's brace and Aubameyang's close-range last minute volley put them ahead in the first leg at Emirates with a 3-1 win.
They now prepare to seal the deal when they meet Valencia in the second leg at the Mestalla Stadium on Thursday, May 9.
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Unai Emery emphasised on the importance of winning titles and brought to mind that Arsenal had only two European titles to their name that did not even exist anymore.
"It's an important title for those who are not in the Champions League - and for some who drop in it as a second chance, like Valencia this season," Emery said.
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"The demands are high and everyone wants it, as a title, not just a way into the Champions League. Arsenal only have two European titles in their history: the old Fairs cup and the Cup Winners Cup, neither of which exist, so I have a lot of ambition to win a title," he added.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will have a little bit of work to do at Stamford Bridge if they hope to meet Arsenal, after drawing 1-1 with Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg.
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"I am delighted at achieving the club's target of reaching top four. We want to reach the Europa league final and win it because we deserve a trophy this season," Maurizio Sarri said.
Pedro's away goal will be the only leverage the Blues have against the Bundesliga side who currently occupy fourth place in the German top flight.
"It is not easy because we have to play a dangerous team as we saw in the first leg. They're dynamic they can find spaces, It is a dangerous match," The Blues gaffer said.
Kick off for the two fixtures is at 10 pm (Kenyan time).
The winners will advance to the final of Europe's second-tier competition at Baku Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan, on Wednesday, May 29.
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Source: Sports Brief News