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Chelsea paired with Prague side in Europa League quarter-final draw; kick-off times announced

Chelsea have been drawn against Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

The first game will take place in the Czech Republic on Thursday 11 April with the game at Stamford Bridge on Thursday 18 April. Both games will kick-off at 8pm UK time.

The full draw is:
Napoli v Arsenal (order of ties reversed from the draw)
Villarreal v Valencia
Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt
Slavia Prague v Chelsea

As part of the draw process at UEFA headquarters this afternoon, the path to the final was also determined.

The winner of our quarter-final tie will play the winner from the Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt tie, with the winners of our tie playing the away leg first. The semi-finals are on 2 May and 9 May with those also 8pm kick-offs UK time.

As FA Cup winners, the scheduling of our quarter-final takes precedence over Arsenal’s and with UEFA not allowing two games in London on the same night, the order of the Gunners’ fixtures with Napoli, Maurizio Sarri’s former club, are reversed.

Chelsea have not played against Slavia Prague before although their home stadium is the Eden Arena is where we contested the 2013 UEFA Super Cup. Our former player, Miroslav Stoch, who featured during the 2008/09 season, is in his second season at Slavia.


We have taken on their city rivals Sparta Prague. The first of those occasions was the very first Champions League group-stage match under the ownership of Roman Abramovich, when a late William Gallas goal won the day. We drew the home game.

On the way to winning the Europa League in 2013 we locked horns with Sparta in the first knockout round, winning 1-0 away thanks to another late goal, this time scored by Oscar and again drawing the home game.

 

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