By Emma Hartley
1)Nineteen Chelsea players travelled to Germany this afternoon
The Blues trained at Cobham this morning before flying out to Germany this afternoon in the lead up to their game tomorrow night against Eintracht Frankfurt. Nineteen of Maurizio Sarri’s players flew out to the fifth largest city in Germany. Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Jamie Cumming, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri, Davide Zappacosta, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Olivier Giroud and Gonzalo Higuain all travelled where they will be looking to secure a win before heading back to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the tie.
2)There are several Chelsea injuries
Chelsea have not had much luck in recent weeks when it comes to injuries. Heading into this Thursday nights game they have three defensive injuries. Toni Rudiger will be out for this game and for several months due to an injury which he has had surgery for. Rudgier will be a big miss for the Blues. Gary Cahill and Ethan Ampadu are both also injured which means Chelsea don’t have back up options for David Luiz and Andreas Christensen. If either Luiz or Chritensen were to get injured against German side, Eintracht on Thursday night the Blues could find themselves in a very tricky position.
Sarri said: ‘’Gary Cahill has an Achilles tendon problem and that is why he has not travelled. He hopes to have him back in a week as he has problems at centre-back with Toni.’’
Sarri also gave an update on Chelsea midfielder Willian. Sarri said: ‘’Willian is okay to play tomorrow having taken a heavy knock at Old Trafford on Sunday.’’
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3)The Blues have got this far in the competition and they are in the semi-final
The Blues have done very well in this competition this season. They’ve worked hard and concentrated and their hard work has paid off because of that. Chelsea have had a very impressive run to get to this point, into the semi-final of the Europa League!
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4)It’ll be a challenging game for the Blues
It will be a very challenging game for the Blues on Thursday night. The games have been coming thick and fast for Chelsea and it’s clearly been very difficult for them at some points as they have struggled in many games. Eintracht are a very good German side who are sitting 4th in the Budesliga and they will be sure to put a fight out against the South West London side as they will look to win the first leg, especially as they have the home advantage. However, even though this is the case some may argue Chelsea have the home advantage as the second leg is at Stamford Bridge meaning the Blues get the hard job done out of the way first.
The Blues boss expressed how hard he thinks it’ll be. He said: ‘’I have a lot of respect for Eintracht Frankfurt. They have a very dynamic team with great intensity. They are very dangerous at home and away. It will be difficult for us to get to the final.’’
5)It’ll be the Blues only chance of silverware this season
Chelsea have had a roller coaster ride in other competitions therefore, the Europa League is the Blues only shot at a chance of silverware this season. It’ll be a huge sem-final for them and the pressure is well and truly on.
Cesar said: ‘’Chelsea start every season going for trophies. Now we have arrived in a semi-final and winning a trophy is a priority. We have to be ready to compete over both legs against Eintracht Frankfurt.’’
Therefore, it is all to play for over these two legs.
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