Chelsea are one of eight teams who will contest the Europa League quarter-finals, and here we provide details of when the draw is taking place, who we could meet and a chance for fans to vote for their preferred opponent...
We booked our place in the quarters with a very comfortable 8-0 aggregate victory over Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 and now await Friday’s draws, when the route all the way to the final will be mapped out, which means we will also find out possible semi-final opposition.
WHEN IS THE DRAW?
The draw starts at 12 noon tomorrow (Friday) in Nyon, Switzerland.
WHO COULD WE PLAY?
Like in the round of 16, there is no country protection so we could meet any of the other seven teams. Those picked out of the hat first in each tie will be at home in the first leg.
Napoli and Valencia were the other two teams who booked their place in the quarter-finals with results in Thursday's earlier kick-offs. Despite losing 3-1 in today’s game, Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli eased past Red Bull Salzburg 4-3 on aggregate with the damage done in the first leg, while Valencia overcame a stiff challenge posed by Krasnodar to advance 3-2 on aggregate. They needed a 94th-minute goal to progress.
Slavia Prague caused probably the biggest upset of the last 16 by knocking out serial Europa League winners Sevilla 6-5 on aggregate after a dramatic night in the Czech capital. The match, which went to extra-time, ended 4-3 with the winner coming two minutes from the end. Former Chelsea man Miroslav Stoch is one of Slavia’s key men.
Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 in the San Siro against Inter Milan to progress. They are fifth in the Bundesliga.
Arsenal overcame a first-leg deficit to edge out Rennes 4-3 on aggregate by winning in north London tonight. We famously met the Gunners at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League in 2004.
Villarreal are safely through to the last eight. They followed up a 3-1 win in St Petersburg against Branislav Ivanovic’s Zenit last week with a 2-1 win in Spain tonight.
The final team we could meet is Benfica, Champions League opponents in 2012. They needed extra-time to overturn a first-leg loss against Dynamo Zagreb by winning 3-0 in the Portuguese capital.
The three teams left in the draw whom we have never met in a competitive match before are Eintracht Frankfurt, Villarreal and Slavia Prague.
WHEN ARE THE QUARTER-FINALS?
Quarter-final ties will take place on Thursday 11 April and Thursday 18 April. All are due to kick off at 8pm UK time, although UEFA can make exceptions to this rule.
The semi-finals are on 2 May and 9 May, with the final in Baku on Wednesday 29 May.
After the quarter-final draw has concluded, the semi-final draw will take place to map out teams’ potential route to the final. For administrative purposes there will also be a draw to determine who will be the ‘home’ team in the final.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET?
Each of the seven teams Chelsea could be paired with are listed below. Make your selection by clicking on one. The most popular choice so far will be shown.