No Cahill in Chelsea’s semi-final squad

No Cahill in Chelsea’s semi-final squad

David Luiz and Andreas Christensen are set to start in the centre of defence but Sarri confirmed that Azpilicueta has played there during the Blues' last two training sessions "just in case" he is needed.

After Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United, Chelsea are in fourth place, two points ahead of Arsenal, with two games left.

Sarri has had to draft in Cesar Azpilicueta to fill in at centre-back to ease some of their troubles.

Rudiger is not expected to return for up to three months after surgery on a knee while Cahill's hopes of a recall have suffered a setback after an Achilles tendon problem.


Former England global Cahill is out with an Achilles problem, though Sarri hopes to have the veteran back within a week.

"Jorginho was really good in the second half, dictating the play", Loftus-Cheek said of the Italian.

"Eden was on the bench because, in the last period, he played 10 matches in a row". "At the moment, we don't know the right way". We may or may not have the transfer ban, but it is not in our (the players') hands.

The former Benfica star has now netted 26 goals in all competitions this season and will be aiming to send his side through to the final when he arrives in London in a week's time.


"The way he [Sarri] plays football is the way I love football", Luiz told Sky Sports News.

"Now we control all games and they criticise us because they don't think we win games with possession". Three months ago, we were in trouble in a very hard championship and it's not easy to react, but we were able to react.

While Gonzalo Higuain has shown flashes of form in recent weeks, Olivier Giroud is the striker of choice in the Europa League.

Sarri added that he would prefer to qualify for next season's Champions League by clinching a top-four finish in the Premier League rather than having to rely on winning the Europa League.


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