Maurizio Sarri is not taking tonight’s Europa League opponents lightly, saying Eintracht Frankfurt are a ‘dangerous team’ with ‘good strikers’.
Chelsea go into tonight’s second leg having earned a 1-1 draw over in Germany last week, seeing them installed as the bookmakers favourites to progress to the Europa League final in Baku later this month.
However, speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Blues’ Italian manager sounded cautious of the threat that Frankfurt pose on the counter-attack, especially with the highly-rated Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic set to lead the line for the Bundesliga side.
“It’s not easy because we have to play a dangerous team, as we saw in the first leg,” Sarri said.
“They are dynamic, aggressive and dangerous in the offensive phase, especially when they find space in counter-attacks, so it’s a dangerous match.
“In a semi-final, you always have to play against a strong team with strong players so it’s difficult to say we are favourites. They have two good strikers in Jovic and Rebic so we have to be careful.”
Should Chelsea make it through to the final, they are likely to face Arsenal who have opened up a 3-1 lead over Valencia, meaning both the Champions League and Europa League finals would be all English affairs after Spurs sensationally booked their place against Liverpool last night.