France striker Alexandre Lacazette will miss Arsenal’s Europa League last-16 fixtures with Rennes after being given an additional two-match ban by UEFA for his dismissal at BATE Borisov.
Under-pressure Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with Manchester City will result in “disaster” should they repeat the first 30 minutes of their Europa League clash with Malmo.
Chelsea progressed in the Europa League with a 3-0 win over Malmo which will do little to quell the sense of inevitability that Maurizio Sarri’s spell as head coach is nearing an end.
Gianfranco Zola was absent from the Chelsea bench for a second successive match after being readmitted to hospital following gallstone surgery complications.
Antonio Rudiger compared Maurizio Sarri’s methods as Chelsea head coach to a school teacher.
Chelsea and Malmo have been charged by UEFA following supporter unrest during their Europa League match in Sweden on Thursday.
Eden Hazard downplayed the disturbing scene which saw him hugged by a pitch-invading fan at the final whistle of Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Malmo.
Chelsea responded from their embarrassing mauling at Manchester City with a jittery 2-1 win over Malmo in Thursday night’s Europa League last-32 first leg in Sweden.
Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea face the first of a series of short-term tests at Malmo on Thursday night as the Italian faces a crucial period which could determine his future as head coach.
Maurizio Sarri says last Sunday’s humiliating loss at Manchester City did not prompt direct contact from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea play Malmo in the first leg of the round of 32 in the Europa League in Sweden on Thursday.