MX23RW : Friday, March 22 04:58:13
Mar 14, 2019 at 5.55pm UK at ​Olimpisky National Sports Complex
Attendance: 64,830
Dynamo Kiev
0-5
Chelsea
FT(HT: 0-3)
Giroud (5', 33', 59'), Alonso (45'), Hudson-Odoi (78')

Maurizio Sarri hoping Chelsea avoid Napoli in Europa League quarter-finals

Maurizio Sarri hoping Chelsea avoid Napoli in Europa League quarter-finals
© Reuters
The quarter-final draw takes place on Friday in Switzerland.

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri wants to dodge a two-legged Europa League tie with Napoli because of his positive relationship with his former club.

Sarri faces the possibility of being paired with the team he left last summer when the quarter-final draw takes place on Friday.

While that would present a mouth-watering prospect for many, the 60-year-old is keen to avoid what he believes would be a tough return to the Stadio San Paolo.

  1. Chelsea
  2. Napoli
  3. Valencia
  4. Villarreal
  5. Arsenal
  6. Slavia Prague
  7. Benfica
  8. Eintracht Frankfurt

Sarri, instead, hopes to delay a potential reunion until the May 29 final in Baku.

"I prefer to face them in the final. First of all, because it means we are in the final and I am happy with that," said Sarri.

"And second, it means that Naples are in the final, and I am happy. You know very well my relationship with the city, with the people.

Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick in Kiev
Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick in Kiev (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

"So, for me, it will be very difficult to play against them in Naples."

Chelsea progressed to the last eight of the competition with a thumping 8-0 aggregate win over Dynamo Kiev, while Serie A club Napoli scraped past Red Bull Salzburg.

Olivier Giroud's hat-trick inspired the Blues to a 5-0 second-leg success in the Ukrainian capital on Thursday evening.

Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrated his first England Under-21 call-up with the final goal, while Marcos Alonso was also on target.

Sarri insists France World Cup winner Giroud – who is now this season's Europa League top-scorer with nine goals – remains a key member of his squad, despite his lack of Premier League action.

"Every time he has been on the pitch, he was able to play really very well," said Sarri.

"As you know very well, Olivier for us is a very important player. I'm really very happy for him, and am really very happy with him."


Click here for more stories about Maurizio Sarri

Click here for more stories about Chelsea

Share this article now:
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on March 3, 2019
Read Next:
Sarri hopes to avoid former club Napoli in Europa League quarter-finals
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account