It’s UEFA Europa League finals day at Baku! Let’s have look at a detailed preview of the final and where do Chelsea and Arsenal’s final winning chances stand?
Chelsea and Arsenal will conclude their 2018-19 seasons on Wednesday as they face off for Europa League glory in Azerbaijan. After weeks of waiting, Europa League final day is officially here. Both the sides will be quietly optimistic about their title-winning chances.
Let’s have a look at where both the teams’ final winning chances stand!
Chelsea aren’t quite the underdogs for this final. They got their hands on this trophy not too long ago but for one man it would mean so much. Maurizio Sarri gave up his banking career to pursue his footballing dream. He has worked his way up from the very bottom and now stands on the brink of European glory.
Eden Hazard, the 28-year-old looks set to pull on the blue jersey for the final time in Baku. It looks set that he is finally going to be a Real Madrid player in the next season. So it would be a fitting and emotional end to his Blues career if he concluded it by lifting a trophy. He has given so much joy to not only Chelsea supporters but Premier League and football fans as a whole throughout his time in the English capital. In 2002, the same sides met in the FA Cup final for the first time and the Gunners won 2-0 win thanks to two late goals. They met again in the FA Cup just two years ago and once more Arsenal won as Aaron Ramsey struck another late winner in a 2-1 victory. Chelsea have suffered too much disappointment on the big occasion when it comes to facing the north Londoners and it is about time they got to celebrate a big final win of their own.
If Arsenal wins the Europa League, it means they’ll qualify for the Champions League for next season, which their counterpart Chelsea has already achieved.
After the European Fairs’ Cup of 1970 and the Cup Winners’ Cup of 1994, if they win this would be just their third continental success in terms of silverware. It’s just important to the history of the club.
How unlucky is Henrikh Mkhitaryan? Imagine your team reaching a European final, fighting for it all year, then you feeling like you can’t play the final – can’t even travel – because of political tensions between the host nation and the country you’re from. This will possibly convince all the neutral fans to root for Arsenal.
Aaron Ramsey will also be leaving for Juventus in the next season, so he will be looking to win a trophy with Arsenal for the final time.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are two of the most laidback, likeable and prolific strikers in England. They form a true, old-fashioned strike partnership. The pair have scored a combined 50 goals so far this season, including all seven of the goals the Gunners netted in the semi-final against Valencia. They work hard for the team, they work hard to get their chances. And best of all, they look like they’re having fun while they do it. So Arsenal have a pretty good chance of winning the final!
Let’s have a look at the players who can decide the UEFA Europa League final!
When we talk about an individual who has the capability of deciding a match on his own, the first name which comes to our mind among all the players of both the teams is Eden Hazard, without any hint of doubt. He can decide a big final like this on his own.
Hazard looks set to go to Real Madrid in the following season. So he is probably playing his final game for Chelsea and the Europa League glory would present the perfect goodbye for him. He has been a cut above his team-mates this season and they look a completely different side playing with him. Maurizio Sarri has afforded the Belgian freedom and it’s paid off like wonders.
Aubameyang is the joint highest scorer of the Premier League this season. Arsenal have finally found their 30-goal a season striker they were desperately looking for. Alexandre Lacazette has also been brilliant this season but in terms of pure predatory goalscoring, Aubameyang is on another level. His hat-trick against Valencia highlighted those instincts. Unai Emery will be banking on him to prove decisive again in the big final.
So who do you think will be the most decisive in the final and win the title for their team? Let us know in the comments.
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