Villarreal and Valencia drawn together in Europa League quarter-final

Villarreal and Valencia drawn together in Europa League quarter-final

'We started to defend in a very good way in the last month, I think.

Higuain's replacement, Olivier Giroud, netted a ideal hat-trick in a dominant performance by the Blues, with Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi also getting on the scoresheet in a 5-0 win.

Sarri will have to be wary of Prague's attacking qualities, but at the same time they should be able to cause huge problems of their own offensively. I'm very happy he was able to play for 90 minutes.

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

Should Chelsea win the Europa League, as they did in 2013, it would offer them an alternative route to next season's Champions League. "He can become one of the best midfielders not only in England but in Europe".

"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.

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"It's always very hard when you lose the first game", the 25-year-old defender said after Arsenal sent Rennes packing from the Europa League.

"It was hard at the end but I kept pushing to try and get the runs in my legs and I'm really happy with that".

Napoli were fortunate to progress to the quarterfinal after suffering a 3-1 defeat in the reverse tie against RB Salzburg, making it on a 4-3 aggregate score courtesy of Arkadiusz Milik's important away goal.

"And second, it means that Naples are in the final and I am happy".

Giroud's triple took him top of the overall goalscoring charts for this year's competition, as Chelsea raced into the quarter-finals with a 5-0 win in Ukraine and an 8-0 aggregate scoreline. So, for the opponents, it was really a very hard situation.

With Napoli in a comfortable second place in Serie A, Ancelotti looks sure to lead the team back into the Champions League next season.

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