Chelsea vs Arsenal
Chelsea will face Arsenal in Baku in an all-English Europa League final.
The last English side to lift the trophy were Manchester United in 2017, when they beat Ajax 2-0.
Chelsea have won the Europa League once before, back in 2013, after seeing off Benfica.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have never lifted the trophy.
The Gunners will be desperately hoping that they do so for the first time on May 29th , as it is the only way they can play Champions League football next year.
Luiz admires Emery
Generally, before big games such as the EL final, players are not too warm towards the opposition team.
For example, the English players of Tottenham and Liverpool are reportedly refusing to message each other until after their Champions League final clash.
However, Chelsea’s David Luiz has taken a slightly different approach, instead opting to heap praise on Arsenal boss, Unai Emery:
“I think Arsenal are doing great.
“It is never easy to change, especially after the many years the ‘Mister’, Arsène Wenger, was there. Then Unai came to try to build a new philosophy and to try to gain the trust of the players, from the fans, from the club. I think he has been doing an amazing job.
“I had the opportunity to work with Unai for a few months. He’s a great guy, a great coach, a great person. He’s passionate. He loves his work. He likes to build teams who are spirited, play with passion and you can see that.
“In this competition especially he knows how to win. That’s why Arsenal are there, that’s why Unai is there. Again! That’s another thing we have to understand: We have to beat Unai as well as Arsenal in the final.” As quoted by the Guardian.
N’Golo Kante injured
N’Golo Kante is one of Chelsea’s top stars, but there is a strong chance, according to Evening Standard journalist Simon Johnson, that the Frenchman could miss Wednesday’s final.
#Kante is having medical tests later today after suffering a knee injury in training but is already considered a major doubt to play for #cfc against #afc in Europa League final on Wednesday. More here: https://t.co/18RquM0fls
— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) May 26, 2019