Sarri avoids old side Napoli with all-English final on the horizon

Arnold Nichols
March 20, 2019

The first leg of the quarterfinals are to be played on April 11 followed by the second leg a week later on April 18.

Chelsea, Europa League winners in 2013, will fancy their chances of advancing against Czech side Slavia Prague after smashing Dynamo Kiev 5-0 for an 8-0 aggregate win, while Eintracht Frankfurt will next take on Portuguese outfit Benfica.

Arsenal makes two changes from the side that beat Manchester United at the weekend as the Gunners host Rennes in the Europa League.

It has not, so far, been quite as successful as the real thing, but Ancelotti is a shrewd coach and strategist and Unai Emery will have to get his tactical response right.

"It is not all like we wanted with the control, but I think as a competitive match, we did very well".

Gabon worldwide Aubameyang is more used to featuring in the Champions League than Europe's second-tier competition, but his early impact with a goal and an assist was decisive for the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger is backing Arsenal to reach the Europa League semi-finals at the expense of Napoli next month.

"It was hard for us because we had to play with 10 men for about 50 minutes of that first game as well".

Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal learned their European quarter-final fates on Friday, but how do their fixture schedules compare?

"It's also because it's one title and I think we can feel the possibility to win one title, doing this way with a hard moment like today and playing also against big teams. And the last teams, they are all very important, and it's going to be very hard", Emery said.

"For us, today and Sunday, we are aware of playing competitively and I think it is good confidence for us to feel that".

"We have to get into the Champions League for this to be a successful season", he said. But we know for the next game we have to be better in both games.

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