Chelsea are competing for a top four finish in the Premier League this season, but another route into the Champions League for next year could be by winning the Europa League.

The Blues cruised past Dynamo Kiev 8-0 on aggregate after two legs and are into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Maurizio Sarri would surely love to win a trophy during his first campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge and his path to the final has now been mapped out.

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The Europa League final will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 29 May and the Chelsea boss should confident of going all the way.

If his team can perform anywhere near to their best then there is no reason why they can’t take home the trophy.

Here is a look at the path to the final that the West London club will hope to take:

Quarter-final: Slavia Prague

Chelsea have been handed arguably the easier draw on paper for the quarter-finals and are going to start as big favourites to progress from the two-legged tie.

They have been irresistible in Europe so far with players such as Olivier Giroud, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek thriving and now come up against Czech giants Prague.

But they can’t afford to underestimate a team that eliminated Spanish club Sevilla in the last round 6-5 on aggregate.

Sarri will have to be wary of Prague’s attacking qualities, but at the same time they should be able to cause huge problems of their own offensively.


Semi-final: Benfica/Eintracht Frankfurt

If Chelsea can get past Slavia Prague, they know that either Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt will be waiting in the semi-finals.

It would certainly be another step up in class if the Blues meet either of them and it’s to be expected deep in the competition.

Benfica are the side that Chelsea beat in the Europa League final and are an experienced team on the European stage that would pose a real threat.

The Portuguese outfit sit top of their domestic league ahead of Porto on goal difference and wonderkid Joao Felix is someone to be wary of in their ranks.

Meanwhile, German club Frankfurt are perhaps the competition’s dark horses considering they have got high quality attacking options in the shape of Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic.

Final: Arsenal/Napoli/Villarreal/Valencia

Chelsea certainly have a lot of work to do if they want to make the final, but it seems they are on the kinder side of the draw and anything can happen in a one-off match.

The winner of the quarter-final between Napoli and Arsenal will certainly be favourite to make the final, both of which are capable of causing a serious threat to the Blues.

Chelsea lost 2-0 back in January to Arsenal and would love to get some revenge in a European final, while Napoli did beat Liverpool in the Champions League group stages to highlight their danger.

Spanish duo Valencia and Villarreal should be considered underdogs, but will have beaten a big team if they are to make the final in Baku.

Eden Hazard is perhaps the ace up Chelsea’s sleeve that is yet to really be unleashed on the Europa League and he could be a real difference maker to inspire his side.

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