Chelsea’s path to the Europa League final has become clearer today (Friday) after the draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the competition was made, with Slavia Prague next up for the Blues.
Maurizio Sarri’s men made short work of Dynamo Kiev in the last 16, beating them 8-0 on aggregate after a stunning 5-0 away win in Ukraine on Thursday night.
The Blues have won nine of their ten games in the competition so far this season, with an away draw to MOL Vidi on the final round of group games after they had already wrapped up top spot the only time they have failed to win a game in the competition this year.
And fans are backing the Blues to go all the way now as they have been given arguably their dream draw for the remainder of the tournament.
With Slavia Prague awaiting in the last eight, Chelsea know that a win would pit them against either Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals.
That leaves Arsenal, Napoli, Villarreal and Valencia – arguably four of the top five sides in the tournament – on the other side of the draw.
To make matters even better, Chelsea will play at home in the second leg of the quarter-finals and, if they make it through, the semi-finals.
And many fans seem to think that the stars are aligning for the west Londoners to claim the Europa League crown and earn a spot in next season’s Champions League, as can be seen below.
Willian Thursday night ronaldinho looking at slavia Prague like pic.twitter.com/xnwEHsueQf
— Ibk and 99 Others (@meetIbk) March 15, 2019
OMG WHAT A DRAW!!!! Chelsea will face Slavia Prague! Napoli vs Arsenal 😂 if Chelsea make it through will will play either Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt!!! COME ON CHELSEA! THE ROUTE TO THE FINAL IS CLEAR!!! LET'S DO THIS!!!! 💪 #UELdraw
— Younes H-Hamou (@youneshh) March 15, 2019
Yesssss get in Europa league is ours
— N’Golo (@Hoo_FlungDung) March 15, 2019
— Krish (@krishtensen) March 15, 2019
Chelsea get Slavia Prague in the Europa League Draw! AND Napoli & Arsenal draw each other!
GET. IN. MY. BELLY!
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) March 15, 2019
Slavia Prague it is!
Great draw for us, we can now only meet Napoli or Arsenal in the Final 👀
— Uber Chelsea FC 🏆 (@UberCheIseaFC) March 15, 2019
We are going to Baku. COME ON CHELSEA. Yes I’m confident we can get past all of the opponents we will and could face in the QF and SF stages. Napoli v Chelsea is the dream final 💪🏽
— George Benson (@MrGeorgeBenson) March 15, 2019