The attractive semi-final of the Europa League remain

Arsenal will face Valencia and Eintracht at Chelsea, the first leg on May 2 in London and Frankfurt; the return will be disputed on 9.


The semifinals of the Europa League are here . The change of format in the draw, in which the semifinal crosses are decided in the quarterfinals, means that the two duels that will form the round prior to the final of the European competition are already known. The Arsenal-Valencia one-way will be played next May 2 and return, in Mestalla, on Thursday May 9. El Eintracht-Chelsea will be played on the same days: first in Frankfurt and then in Stamford Bridge.

This edition has meant the incursion of English teams as the main dominators of the competition. Chelsea and Arsenal join Tottenham and Liverpool: four English teams among the eight best in Europe.

The Arsenal-Valencia will bring back Unai Emery to Mestalla. The Basque coach stayed there four seasons in which, despite not getting any title, classified three years in a row the team for the Champions. Similarly, Eintracht and Chelsea will play the other semifinal.

Arsenal-Valencia

parallel courses of Arsenal and Valencia. A tie with a taste of Champions for two teams that struggle in their leagues to be next year in the maximum continental competition. The whole 'network' carries without dispute a European final since the Champions League in 2006 that lost against Barca in Paris, while for Valencia, it would be their first final since the UEFA Cup that won against Olympique de Marseille in 2004.

The first confrontation between both data of 1980 on the occasion of the final of the European Recopa. Valencia won 5-4 on penalties and won their third continental title. We would have to wait until 2001 to see the next duel between the two: 2-1 at Highbury and 1-0 at Mestalla, with a goal from John Carew to give the pass to 'semis' of the Champions League Valencia. In the 02/03 and again in Champions, the Valencia coincided with Arsenal in the round of eighths (0-0 in Highbury and 2-1 in Mestalla) .

Eintracht-Chelsea

The last service of Hazard. The Belgian crack is facing his last chance to win a new trophy in the ranks of Chelsea. With no options in the Premier and outside the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup, the Europa League has become a vital goal for the London team, since could be their last ticket to the Champions League if it fails to be among the first four in England.

Eintracht has become, on its own merits, the revelation team of the Europa League. Guided by Luka Jovic (8 goals in 11 matches), together with players like Kostic, Rode or Rebic, the German team has hit the table and will be among the top four for the first time since winning the competition in22. On the other hand, it is the best participation of Eintracht in a European competition since reaching the quarterfinals of the UEFA in 1995.

Finally, in the direct confrontations between both highlights a curious fact: Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt have never faced each other each other.



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