Villarreal and Valencia drawn together in Europa League quarter-final

Villarreal and Valencia drawn together in Europa League quarter-final

As they face a two-window transfer ban, the club can ill-afford to lose him.

Portugal takes on Germany as Benfica are drawn with Eintracht Frankfurt for the third quarter-final.

The draw for the Europa League quarterfinals and semifinals will be made at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon on Friday, and the manner of Chelsea's passage to the last eight has put them among the favourites to lift the trophy.

"Of course, an Arsenal final sounds good from the British side of things".

"He has been able to train after the problem with the back".

Benfica are the side that Chelsea beat in the Europa League final and are an experienced team on the European stage that would pose a real threat.

That means despite often impressing when he plays, whether as a rare starter or as a substitute, 32-year-old Giroud is still little more than a fringe player at the west London club.




"He played very well - better in the second half because we found the spaces and Callum in the spaces is really a very good player", Sarri added.

Elsewhere Portuguese giants Benfica play Inter Milan's conquerors Eintracht Frankfurt and there's an all-La Liga tie as Villarreal play Valencia for a place in the semi-finals.

The Portuguese outfit sit top of their domestic league ahead of Porto on goal difference and wonderkid Joao Felix is someone to be wary of in their ranks.

Olivier Giroud doesn't want to be just a back up for Chelsea.

Napoli have confirmed trio Lorenzo Insigne, Vlad Chiriches and Amadou Diawara will be out for the next three weeks with injury - with all potentially missing the Europa League quarter final first leg against Arsenal. A Napoli final again from Maurizio Sarri's position would be pretty exciting.

Spanish duo Valencia and Villarreal should be considered underdogs, but will have beaten a big team if they are to make the final in Baku.

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