By Emma Hartley
On Wednesday night the Blues will go head to head in the Europa League final out in Baku against London rivals Arsenal. Ahead of this game let’s take a look back at each game Chelsea have had in the competition this season which has led up to them banking themselves a place in the all important final.
Game 1: Paok 0-1 Chelsea (Group stage- group l)
20th September 2018
Chelsea started off the competition slowly but surely as they grasped a 1-0 win against Paok out in Greece. Willian scored seven minutes into the game and the South West London side also managed to keep a clean sheet so it wasn’t a bad start for the Blues at all.
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Game 2: Chelsea 1-0 Vidi (Group stage- group l)
4th October 2018
In Chelsea’s second Europa League game of the season the Blues managed to grasp another 1-0 win which gave them two consecutive wins in a row in the competition. Ex Chelsea Spaniard Álvaro Morata scored 70 minutes in with a quick flick with his right leg which netted the ball in the left-hand, top corner of the net. This not only gave Chelsea a win it also ended the 26-year old’s goal drought at the time.
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Game 3: Chelsea 3-1 Bate (Group stage- group l)
25th October 2018
One key player that’s name was in flashing lights after the Bate game was Chelsea youngster and much loved by the fans Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The 23-year-old scored in the second minute, eighth minute and fifty-fourth minute of the game. Despite Alexei Rios scoring a goal for Bate eighty minutes in nothing would have taken Ruben’s thunder away as he managed to claim a hattrick under the floodlights of Stamford Bridge. Something that meant a lot to the home-grown player.
Game 4: Bate 1-0 Chelsea (Group stage- group l)
8th November 2018
Then the Blues flew out to Belarus to take on Bate again. The result was very different away in comparison to what it was at home. Chelsea only managed to score one goal which came from Olivier Giroud 53 minutes into the game. Even though Chelsea only scored one they still got the win which added up to four consecutive wins in the competition which was a very impressive run.
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Game 5: Chelsea 4-0 Paok (Group stage- group l)
29th November 2018
On the 29th of November Chelsea beat Paok 4-0 at Stamford Bridge meaning that the Blues managed to beat the Greek side twice in the competition both home and away. Giroud lead the way for the South West London side as he secured two goals on the score sheet inside the first 40 minutes of the game. Then the much-loved Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi capitalised on Giroud’s goals and net his first goal for Chelsea by powering the ball into the right-hand corner of the net from just outside the box. The Blues sat comfortably at 3-0 then Morata finished off the night by netting a goal 78 minutes in. Chelsea won 4-0 which was yet another win on the board for them.
Game 6: Vidi 2-2 Chelsea (Group stage- group l)
13th December 2018
In Chelsea’s sixth Europa League game of the season they witnessed their first draw of the campaign against the Hungarian side Vidi. Brazilian midfielder Willian took the lead for the Blues on the night 30 minutes in. However, much to Chelsea fans dismay the Blues very own Ampadu scored an own goal putting the team’s level two minutes later. Vidi built on this in the second half and 56 minutes in Loïc Négo scored a goal putting them 2-1 up. Chelsea knew they had to bounce back if they wanted to make something out of the game and Giroud scored 75 minutes in which grasped the two all for them on the night.
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Game 7: Malmo 1-2 Chelsea (Round of 32- Leg 1)
14th February 2019
Chelsea headed into their seventh Europa League game of the season on the back of five wins and one draw so things were moving in the right direction for the London based team who secured their place in the round of 32. Chelsea took on Malmo first of all and their first leg against them was away in Sweden and they started off the one of two legs very well. The Blues took the lead 30 minutes in with a goal from Ross Barkley later followed by a goal from Giroud 58 minutes in. Unfortunately for Chelsea they conceded a goal 80 minutes in however, it wasn’t all to bad as they won 2-1 in the end and also had the away goals.
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Game 8: Chelsea 3-0 Malmo (5-1 win on aggregate) (Round of 32- Leg 2)
21st February 2019
The second leg of the tie then came back to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea finished the job off which put them straight through to the round of 16. Giroud and Barkley both got on the score sheet again in the home time which put the Blues 2-0 up 74 minutes in. Then the Chelsea star youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi scored 84 minutes in ending the night with a 3-0 win and a final 5-1 win on aggregate.
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Game 9: Chelsea 3-0 Dynamo Kyiv (Round of 16- Leg 1)
7th March 2019
Chelsea then headed very confidently into the round of 16 with their next opponent being Dynamo Kyiv. The first leg took place at Stamford Bridge and what a start the Blues got off to. Pedro Rodriguez, Willian and Hudson-Odoi all got on the score sheet for the Blues giving Chelsea yet another Europa League win.
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Game 10: Dynamo Kyiv 0-5 Chelsea (0-8 win on aggregate) (Round of 16- Leg 2)
14th March 2019
Some Chelsea fans weren’t too sure how the second leg was going to go with the Blues travelling out to Ukraine already 3-0 up. Chelsea were sat in a comfortable position but anything can happen in football and that could have potentially, quickly changed. However, the Blues didn’t turn up and sit back against Kyiv which could have happened they wanted to finish the job properly and finish what they had started. Giroud scored a hattrick, Alonso scored and Callum Hudson-Odoi also scored another goal which gave Chelsea the 5-0 win. The game finished 8-0 on aggregate to the Blues which was one of their best wins out of the entire competition.
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Game 11: Slavia Praha 0-1 Chelsea (Quarter final- Leg 1)
11th April 2019
Chelsea then were into the quarter final which was a massive achievement for them and something they had worked very hard towards. This kept fans relatively happy despite a very shaky season in all other competitions. Chelsea took on Slavia Praha in leg one of the quarter final away from home and it proved to be a very testing game for the South West London team. The Blues were tested and pushed to the limit but Alonso managed to get a goal 86 minutes in which was vital for the Blues for both their confidence and it was also an away goal secured on the board.
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Game 12: Chelsea 4-3 Slavia Praha (5-3 win on aggregate) (Quarter final- Leg 2)
18th April 2019
Chelsea knew they had to work even harder in the second leg of the quarter final to ensure they got the win to put them into the semi-final and that is exactly what they did. They pushed on and managed to win 4-3 on the night which gave them a 5-3 win on aggregate. Five minutes into the game Pedro took his chance and rapidly flicked the ball into the net which gave Chelsea the lead. This was the start of a very good night and a good performance for the 31-year-old Spaniard. Then Chelsea went 2-0 up 10 minutes in thanks to a goal from Slavia Praha’s Simon Deli. Chelsea then took a 3-0 lead thanks to a goal from Giroud which was an easy ball into the bottom, left hand corner of the net. However, this provoked a reaction from the away side and Tomáš Souček scored for them 26 minutes in. However, this then sparked a reaction from the South West London side. Pedro smashed the ball into the net 27 minutes in. Then in the second half Slavia Praha tried to claw back a result as they scored 51 minutes in and then four minutes in they scored another. However, it was to late.
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Game 13: Frankfurt 1-1 Chelsea (Semi-final- Leg 1)
2nd May 2019
Chelsea were then into the semi final of the Europa League. The first leg was a very intense game but, in the end, it ended fairly at 1-1. Slavia Praha took the lead in the first half as Jovic secured a goal 23 minutes. This challenged the Blues but after that goal it didn’t knock them, they bounced back and put out a very strong performance. 45 minutes in Pedro net a powerful goal into the net and then it ended 1-1 on the night. Chelsea therefore had an away goal.
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Game 14: Chelsea 1-1 Frankfurt (2-2 aggregate- Chelsea won 4-3 on pens) (Semi-final- Leg 2)
9th May 2019
Even though the Blues had an away goal everything was to play for in the second leg. Chelsea knew if they won it that, they would bank their place in the final so it was massive. The second leg was a repeat of the first leg as it finished 1-1 again. Ruben Loftus-Cheek net a goal for the Blues 28 minutes in and then Jovic scored for Frankfurt 49 minutes in. It then came down to the all-important penalty shoot out and the Blues won 4-3 on penalties. Chelsea will now face Arsenal in the Europa League final.
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