Chelsea bound for Frankfurt

The Blues have set off to Germany ahead of the first leg of our Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow night.

Maurizio Sarri’s squad trained at Cobham in the morning and then left London for the fifth-largest city in Germany this afternoon.

In total 19 players have travelled, with Toni Rudiger among those absent following his successful surgery last night. Willian, who limped off during our 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday, is part of the group. 

The Chelsea squad in full is:

Kepa Arrizabalaga
Willy Caballero
Jamie Cumming
Andreas Christensen
Cesar Azpilicueta
David Luiz
Marcos Alonso
Emerson Palmieri
Davide Zappacosta
N’Golo Kante
Ross Barkley
Mateo Kovacic
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Eden Hazard
Olivier Giroud
Gonzalo Higuain

Upon arrival, Sarri and Cesar Azpilicueta will speak to the media from the Commerzbank Arena, the venue for tomorrow’s match which is in the south of the city. It hosted games at the 1974 World Cup and, having been significantly redeveloped, the 2006 World Cup too. We played a pre-season friendly there in the summer of 2010 under the management of Carlo Ancelotti. Frank Lampard netted in a 2-1 loss.

Tonight we will bring you all the key information from the media conference on our official Twitter account, this website and the official club app, which will also feature live audio commentary of Thursday’s match.

Kick-off is at 8pm UK time (9pm local time). The second leg at Stamford Bridge is a week later.

The other Europa League semi-final is Arsenal against Valencia. Our London rivals are at home in the first leg tomorrow.

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