Gianfranco Zola was absent from the Chelsea bench for a second successive match after being readmitted to hospital following gallstone surgery complications.
UEFA Europa League
Celtic exited the Europa League at the last-32 stage with a 1-0 defeat in Valencia but pride was evident on a night of some frustration in the Mestalla.
Arsenal secured a place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a resounding victory over BATE Borisov at the Emirates Stadium as Mesut Ozil returned to the starting line-up.
BATE Borisov boss Alyaksey Baha is keen for his side to face Arsenal in front of a full house at the Emirates Stadium as they look to complete a memorable Europa League victory.
Antonio Rudiger compared Maurizio Sarri’s methods as Chelsea head coach to a school teacher.
Boss Marcelino wants his Valencia side to be at their very best against Celtic at the Mestalla on Thursday night.
Maurizio Sarri has no intention of moving away from his footballing principles but maintains he can have a long-term future as Chelsea head coach and persuade sceptical supporters that his way is the right way.
Unai Emery has told Mesut Ozil he needs to shake off his minor injuries and illnesses to earn a regular place in the Arsenal side.
Under-pressure Maurizio Sarri maintains a run of positive results can give him a long-term future as Chelsea head coach.
Chelsea and Malmo have been charged by UEFA following supporter unrest during their Europa League match in Sweden on Thursday.
David Luiz insists there have been no dissenting voices among the Chelsea squad despite troubling results under head coach Maurizio Sarri.
Petr Cech felt a toothless attacking display from Arsenal was the reason behind their surprise Europa League defeat at BATE Borisov.
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery revealed he spoke to Alexandre Lacazette about controlling his temperament after the striker was sent off during a surprise Europa League defeat to BATE Borisov.
Eden Hazard was accosted by a shirt-seeking supporter at the full-time whistle of Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Malmo, but downplayed the disturbing incident.
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.
Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic still retain hope of progressing in the Europa League despite a 2-0 defeat by Valencia at Parkhead.
Celtic will need to produce some magic in the Mestalla Stadium next week following their 2-0 Europa League defeat by Valencia at Parkhead.
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.
Unai Emery insists he trusts his Arsenal players to overturn their Europa League deficit to BATE Borisov following a surprise first-leg defeat in Belarus.
Alexandre Lacazette was sent off as a strong Arsenal side slumped to a surprise defeat at the hands of BATE Borisov to leave their Europa League tie finely poised heading into the second leg.