In the build-up to Wednesday night’s game Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri said it was key his side did not ‘undervalue’ their Ukrainian opponents despite the advantage they held from the first leg at Stamford Bridge. Concise News reports that an early Olivier Giroud goal ended any doubt and so began a performance that thoroughly pleased the Italian tactician.
“We started very well,” Sarri says.
“We wanted to start in this way because it was important to score after the result in Stamford Bridge. We were able to score after five minutes. For the opponent, it was a difficult situation.
“We played a very good first half. In the second we managed the result. It was a wonderful performance for 90 minutes.”
Giroud’s phenomenal Europa League record
“It was very, very good. In the last period every time he has been on the pitch he was able to play really very well. He scored nine goals in this competition. Giroud is a very important player for us. I am very happy for him and his hat-trick, and I am very happy with him.”
Potential Napoli clash
“I prefer to find them in the final! First of all, because it means we are in the final and I am happy. And second, because it means Napoli are in the final and I’m happy. Because of my relationship with the city and the people, for me, it would be very difficult to play against them in Naples.”