Giroud unwilling to accept bit-part role at Chelsea

Carrie Guzman
March 16, 2019

"I prefer to face them in the final".

"We must aim to qualify through the Premier League".

The Blues have lost three of their past four away matches in the Premier League but are still four points better off than under Antonio Conte at this stage last season.

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. "First of all, because it means we are in the final and I am happy with that", Sarri said. "It would be hard to play them with my history with the club".

"His potential as a player is very, very, high".

Arsenal and Chelsea, however, might need a path into the top-tier competition next season by taking the place reserved for the Europa League victor.

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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. The winners will face Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four.

Insigne is of course the biggest miss for the Serie A side, as a vital source of creativity and goals - as well as leadership since Marek Hamsik left to play out his career in the Chinese Super League. The Poland worldwide has netted 17 times in all competitions this term - leading the club goalscoring charts - and has been a constant danger on the left of a front two with Dries Mertens on the other side.

A hat trick from Olivier Giroud, along with strikes from Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi, built on Chelsea's 3-0 victory over the same opponents at Stamford Bridge last week to book their place in the last eight with an 8-0 aggregate win.

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

"But I think it's about seeing each one as it comes and going through each round".

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