Giroud unwilling to accept bit-part role at Chelsea

Silvia Morton
March 16, 2019

"Despite standing at just 5'4", he carries huge importance to the side and Carlo Ancelotti will be desperate to bring him back to full fitness in time for this quarter-final clash.

The race for the top-four in the Premier League has had to go on the backburner this weekend, with the FA Cup taking priority.

Maurizio's Sarri's side are now sixth in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, but with a game in hand.

The Europa League quarter-final draws have been named and it's safe to say that the Gunners will have to sweat it out in order to progress to the next round. I feel very well physically. That's why when I play I try to enjoy the game as much as I can.

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

Hudson-Odoi continued his eye-catching Europa League campaign with a goal and an assist at the Olympic Stadium, and Sarri was encouraged by the 18-year-old's display - while sounding a familiar note of caution.

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Giroud took his tally to nine in nine Europa League starts this season, where he has been a near ever present for Chelsea.

"If you give someone like Giroud space in the six-yard box that's how good he can be".

Whereas Chelsea or Slavia Prague will face either Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt, Villarreal or Valencia will be Napoli or Arsenal's next opponents in the Semi-Finals. The winners will face Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four.

Chelsea cruised into the last eight with an 8-0 aggregate win over Dynamo Kiev, after which Sarri expressed his preference to avoid Napoli in Friday's draw.

Of all the sides Arsenal could have been matched with in the quarter-finals, Napoli were up there with Chelsea and Valencia as one of the least favourable. And second, it means that Napoli are in the final, and I am happy.

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