Napoli fan Sarri keen to avoid former side in Europa League

Dynamo Kyiv v Chelsea - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg
KIEV, UKRAINE - MARCH 14: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Dynamo Kyiv and Chelsea at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on March 14, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

With Chelsea confirming their place in the Europa League quarter-final, manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted it would be too emotional to face former team Napoli.

The Blues brushed aside Dynamo Kiev 5-0 in the second leg to make it 8-0 on aggregate with Napoli, Valencia the other teams to join the Blues.

On the other hand, the Naples side survived a late scare to progress to the quarter-finals despite losing 3-1 to FC Red Bull Salzburg.

Sarri a renowned Napoli fan and former manager revealed he wouldn’t like to meet the Serie A giants in the knockout round.

“I prefer to find them in the final,” Sarri said via Metro.

“It means we are in the final, that would make me happy and Napoli are in the final and that would make me happy.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - MAY 09: Petr Cech of Arsenal looks on as he warms up prior to the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Valencia and Arsenal at Estadio Mestalla on May 09, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

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The Gunners experimented goalkeeper will retire at the end of the UEFA Europa League Final.

“It would be difficult to play them with my history with the club.”

Oliver Giroud made headlines in Kiev with a hat-trick which took his goal tally to 9 goals and currently the top-scorer in the competition.

He said: “It was very good. In the last period, every time he has been on the pitch he has been very good.

“He scored nine goals in nine games in this competition. I am really very happy with him.”

The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Europa League is on Friday and there could be a potential London derby should Arsenal progress.

Chelsea won the tournament in 2013 and are one of the favourites to lift the trophy this season.


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