The last-four stage of the Europa League is nearly upon us so club statistician Paul Dutton begins our preview of the first leg in Germany...
Chelsea in Numbers
Chelsea have reached 14 European semi-finals since April 1966 – seven in the Champions League, four the Cup Winners’ Cup, two in the Europa League and one in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
The Blues are now a record-equalling 15 games unbeaten in the Europa League, the draw at Vidi being the only game in that sequence that we did not win.
Our last defeat in the competition was 2-3 at Rubin Kazan in the 2012/13 quarter-final second leg after we won 3-1 at the Bridge.
The Blues have kept a clean sheet in eight of our 12 Europa League matches this season (four in six away).
We are undefeated in Europe over 12 matches, closing in on the club’s record unbeaten sequence of 14 UEFA matches between 2008 and 2010.
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Chelsea have lost just one of our last 10 games against German sides in all European competitions (five wins, four draws), and have won our last two games in Germany.
|1965/66 TSV Munich 1860||D 2-2||Fairs Cup quarter-final first leg (agg 3-2)|
|1999/00 Hertha Berlin||L 1-2||Champions League group stage|
|2003/04 VfB Stuttgart||W 1-0||Champions League round of 16 first leg (agg 1-0)|
|2004/05 Bayern Munich||L 2-3||Champions League quarter-final second leg (agg 6-5)|
|2006/07 Werder Bremen||L 0-1||Champions League group stage|
|2007/08 Schalke||D 0-0||Champions League group stage|
|2011/12 Bayer Leverkusen||L 1-2||Champions League group stage|
|2011/12 Bayern Munich||D 1-1 (won on pens)||Champions League final|
|2012/13 Schalke||W 3-0||Champions League group stage|
|2014/15 Schalke||W 5-0||Champions League group stage|
|20 Sep||PAOK (a)||W 1-0|
|4 Oct||Vidi (h)||W 1-0|
|25 Oct||BATE Borisov (h)||W 3-1|
|8 Nov||BATE Borisov (a)||W 1-0|
|29 Nov||PAOK (h)||W 4-0|
|13 Dec||Vidi (a)||D 2-2|
|14 Feb||Malmo (a) round of 32||W 2-1|
|21 Feb||Malmo (h) round of 32||W 3-0|
|7 Mar||Dynamo Kiev (h) round of 16||W 3-0|
|14 Mar||Dynamo Kiev (a) round of 16||W 5-0|
|11 Apr||Slavia Prague (a) quarter-final||W 1-0|
|18 Apr||Slavia Prague (h) quarter-final||W 4-3|
Europa League scorers
Giroud 10, Hudson-Odoi 4, Loftus-Cheek 3, Pedro 3, Willian 3, Alonso 2, Barkley 2, Morata 2, own-goal 1
Chelsea's last six games
European games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 3
An away defeat: 6
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT IN NUMBERS
1 German championship, in 1959
5 German Cups, last in 2018
1 UEFA Cup in 1980
This is Eintracht Frankfurt’s first European semi-final since 1979/80, when they ultimately won the UEFA Cup after defeating Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach in the semi-finals and finals respectively.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic and Filip Kostic have created a combined 12 chances for one another in the Europa League this season; no duo has combined for more.
Frankfurt have only lost two of their 20 matches in 2019 in all competitions but both have come in their past five games.
Eintracht have played 10 Europa League games at the Commerzbank-Arena, winning eight times and drawing twice; they have not trailed for a single minute in those games.
Frankfurt’s only other European campaign in the past dozen seasons came in 2013/14, when they reached the Europa League round of 32 before going out to Porto.
Eintracht have lost at home to English opposition just once before in all European competitions.
|1966/67||Burnley||D 1-1||Fairs Cup quarter-final first leg (agg 3-1)|
|1967/68||Nottm Forest||L 0-1||Fairs Cup first round first leg (agg 0-5)|
|1972/73||Liverpool||D 0-0||UEFA Cup first round second leg (agg 0-2)|
|1975/76||West Ham||W 2-1||Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final first leg (agg 3-4)|
|1981/82||Tottenham||W 2-1||Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final second leg (agg 2-3)|
|2006/07||Newcastle||D 0-0||UEFA Cup group stage|
|2008/09||Did not qualify|
|2009/10||Did not qualify|
|2010/11||Did not qualify|
|2011/12||Did not qualify|
|2012/13||Did not qualify|
|2013/14||Europa League round of 32|
|2014/15||Did not qualify|
|2015/16||Did not qualify|
|2016/17||Did not qualify|
|2017/18||Did not qualify|
|20-Sep||Marseille (a)||W 2-1|
|04-Oct||Lazio (h)||W 4-1|
|25-Oct||Limassol (h)||W 2-0|
|08-Nov||Limassol (a)||W 3-2|
|29-Nov||Marseille (h)||W 4-0|
|13-Dec||Lazio (a)||W 2-1|
|14-Feb||Shakhtar Donetsk (a) round of 32||D 2-2|
|21-Feb||Shakhtar Donetsk (h) round of 32||W 4-1|
|07-Mar||Inter Milan (h) round of 16||D 0-0|
|14-Mar||Inter Milan (a) round of 16||W 1-0|
|11-Apr||Benfica (a) quarter-final||L 2-4|
|18-Apr||Benfica (h) quarter-final||W 2-0|
Europa League scorers
Jovic 8, Haller 5 (1 pen), Kostic 4, Da Costa 2, Gacinovic 2, Hinteregger 1, Paciencia 1, Rebic 1, Rode 1, Torro 1, own-goals 2.
Manager Adi Hutter
Days in charge: 305
European games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 1
A home defeat: 12
QUARTER-FINAL SECOND LEG LINE UP
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 2 BENFICA 0
4-4 on aggregate. Eintracht Frankfurt won on away goals
Commerzbank Arena, 18.04.19, 8pm
(3-4-1-2) Trapp; Hasebe, Abraham (c), Falette (Willems 90+2); Da Costa, Fernandes, Rode (Torro 86), Kostic; Gacinovic; Jovic (Paciencia 76), Rebic.
Booked: Abraham, Falette, Rebic
Scorers: Kostic 36, Rode 67
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Ante Rebic is suspended.
All yellow cards expired on completion of the quarter-finals. They are not carried forward to the semi-finals.
Booking list (current players)
Chelsea: Barkley 2, Arrizabalaga 1, Azpilicueta 1, Cahill 1, David Luiz 1, Emerson 1, Higuain 1, Kante 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Rudiger 1
Frankfurt: Kostic 4*, Fernandes 3*, Rebic 3, Abraham 2, Falette 2, Haller 2, Hasebe 2, Rode 2, De Guzman 1, Gacinovic 1, Jovic 1, Ndicka 1, Paciencia 1, Russ 1, Stendera 1, Trapp 1, Willems 1
* Already served a suspension for reaching three bookings