Villarreal and Valencia drawn together in Europa League quarter-final

Annette Crawford
March 16, 2019

That's all for today!

Maurizio Sarri has chosen to hand starts to academy graduates Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as Chelsea take on Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Europa League. "It means we are in the final, that would make me happy and Napoli are in the final and that would make me happy". I think that we played a very, very good first half.

The remaining tie pits Benfica against Eintracht Frankfurt, with the victor facing Chelsea or Slavia Prague in the semi-finals.

Arsenal will face Villarreal or Valencia in the last four if they can get past Napoli, with the first leg switched to the Emirates to avoid two ties being played in London on the same night.

Before Arsenal can even begin to think about the semis, they will need to direct all their energies towards overcoming the team now second in Serie A. Here's what they can expect from Carlo Ancelotti and co in the quarter-finals.

The club celebrated qualification to the quarter final stage after overcoming RB Salzburg 4-3 on aggregate despite losing 3-1 on Thursday, however, this injury news will surely put a dampener on what has otherwise been a great week for the club.

The final is on May 29 at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Sale Marchetti, secretary general, is in control of the draw.

Chelsea will take on Slavia Prague in the last eight following the draw in Nyon, which also produced an all-Spanish clash between Villarreal and Valencia.

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Carlo Ancelotti's side are as tough a side as remains in Europe's secondary competition and they beat Liverpool on their own patch in this season's Champions League before being narrowly edged out in the final round of group matches.

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