Chelsea hold a 1-1 away draw from last week’s first leg in this Europa League semifinal. That’s a much worse result than a 3-0 home advantage that Barcelona took to Liverpool on Tuesday. All they had to do was not lose by four goals.
So they lost 4-0. It’d be hilarious, if only it weren’t Liverpool now who advance to the Champions League final for the second year running.
Go on the Mighty Ajax Amsterdams!
In any case, that game has nothing to do with our game, but it should serve as a hopefully unneded reminder that anything can happen in elimination games, even if they are two-legged.
And Chelsea certainly have work to do if we are to advance to our second ever Europa League final. The 1-1 draw is okay — away goal! — but the missed opportunities to add a second goal mean that we probably will need to win on Thursday. Frankfurt are dangerous, will have Rebic back, and will likely score at least one goal.
To make matters more difficult, Chelsea will be without N’Golo Kante, who may be done for the season, or may be available for the final at the end of the month, if we make it that far.
Don’t be like Barcelona. Choose wisely.