A different way to win a final!
What a game! Sarri and the players proved the media and the critics wrong by thrashing Arsenal in Baku to lift the Europa league. Going into the game the favourites were Arsenal especially how they had reached the final and the fact that Chelsea had so many injuries. Kepa started in goal, Azpi, Christensen, Luiz, and Emerson started in defence. The boost in midfield came with an hour to go as Kante was miraculously passed fit to start alongside Jorginho, and Kovacic. Hazard, Giroud, and Pedro started upfront.
Arsenal started the better of the two teams even though the atmosphere was nowhere near one of a final and both teams seemed lethargic. Arsenal still created chances and Kepa was forced into some good saves. Chelsea began to grow into the game and for the final 15 minutes of the first half Cech was forced to make some good saves in goal for Arsenal. The second half was a different story as Chelsea came out with another gear to their game while Arsenal came out with no response. Giroud scored a brilliant header after an Emerson cross to give Chelsea the lead int he 49th minute. Pedro then doubled the lead in the 60th minute after a brilliant pass from Hazard. Giroud was then brought down in the box in the 65th minute and Hazard made it 3-0 in what could be his final game for Chelsea. Iwobi then came of the bench to score a worldie for Arsenal in the 69th minute to make it 3-1. Hazard wasn’t having it though and he combined well with Giroud to make it 4-1 and Chelsea then cruised through the final minutes to seal the Europa league.
The first person who in my opinion deserves credit is Sarri. A great start to the season and then a slump which divided the fanbase on whether they want him to stay or not. Sarri stuck to what he knew he did not panic and went into this final with injuries and negativity once more to beat a 3 time Europa League winning manager. The photo of him looking at his medal warms the heart because it shows how much his first trophy means to him. Hazard is the next person who deserves credit for being Chelsea’s best player for the last 7 seasons and probably the Premier League’s best player, he scored two goals in his final appearance for Chelsea and goes out a legend. The rest of the team were brilliant as well, Kepa made some brilliant saves, the defence was solid, Jorginho, Kante, and Kovacic played well in the middle and the front three caused havoc. Giroud was great as well, a goal and an assist against the club that didn’t play him and sold him and it was a great way to silence his critics.
For Arsenal the seasons comes to an end as a flop. Arsenal bottled the top four after having an easier run than Chelsea, United, and Spurs. Arsenal then had luck with them as Chelsea’s players got injured and their forwards began to fire. Arsenal needed the win and they didn’t they underestimated Chelsea and I think they let the media paint a picture of Chelsea in their minds that went against them. Emery also made a tactical mistake with a 3-5-2 formation and so needs to come into question as well.
More to come in the season review, but Chelsea, Sarri, the players, the fans go into the summer in brilliant fashion and for now thats the most important thing much more will happen in the coming days but for now, COME ON YOU BLUES!!!!