Sarri determined to win Europa League

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - MAY 01: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea speaks to the media during a Chelsea press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt on May 02 2019 at Commerzbank-Arena on May 01, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is not resting on his laurels after securing Champions League football in the Premier League, suggesting his side is keen on winning the Europa League.

Frankfurt travel to Stamford Bridge needing to build on their 1-1 first-leg draw in Germany, which saw Pedro equalise after Luka Jovic opened the scoring.

And while Sarri is delighted to have wrapped up Champions League qualification via the top four, he insists the Blues are desperate to reach the Azerbaijan showpiece.

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“I am delighted at achieving the club’s target of making the top four,” he said via the Daily Star.

“We want to reach the Europa League final and win it because we deserve a trophy this season.

“It’s not easy because we have to play a dangerous team as we saw in the first leg.

“They’re dynamic and aggressive and when they can find spaces, it’s a dangerous match.

“In a semi-final, you have to play against a strong team with very strong players. It’s difficult to be the favourite in a semi-final.”

If the Blues eventually win the Europa League, that would be Sarri’s first trophy in his managerial career.

There is another prospect of an all English final if Arsenal beat Valencia in the other round of the semi-final. That would be historic for English football considering Spurs and Liverpool’s exploits in reaching the Champions League final.


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