Giroud hat-trick helps Chelsea ease into Europa quarters

Giroud hat-trick helps Chelsea ease into Europa quarters

Giroud hat-trick helps Chelsea ease into Europa quarters

Arsenal drew the short straw in the Europa League quarter-finals on Friday afternoon, as they were paired with Napoli, widely regarded as the best team left in the competition. "I'm really very happy for him".

'At the moment, we are not able to do this because, sometimes, we are without movement without the ball.

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

"[The draw against Arsenal is] a hard but very fascinating challenge for us, for the club and for our fans", Ancelotti said. But, Sarri said that the Argentine should be okay to play against Everton, although hinting that he might not be ready to start.

First-choice centre-forward Gonzalo Higuain missed the midweek trip to Kiev due to illness, with back-up Olivier Giroud continuing his fine form in Europe by scoring a hat-trick.

"No. No chance. I'm a competitor", Giroud said, per The Sun.

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

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The Blues cruised past Dynamo Kiev 8-0 on aggregate after two legs and are into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Chelsea meanwhile recorded a thumping 8-0 aggregate win over Ukrainians Dynamo Kiev to earn their spot and will play Slavia Prague - who were indebted to a dramatic 119th-minute victor to see off Sevilla in the last 16.

The first quarter-final will be played between Napolli and Arsenal.

It means Arsenal and Chelsea will be kept apart until the final should they advance and sees Blues manager Maurizio Sarri also avoiding his former side Napoli until that stage.

Benfica face Eintracht Frankfurt following the Bundesliga club's surprise 1-0 victory against Inter Milan at the San Siro in the second leg of their round of 16 tie.

"Chelsea are probably one of the favourites and the performance last night proves why".

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