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Chelsea's combined 2013 and 2019 Europa League side

The Blues are preparing for Wednesday’s Europa League final with Arsenal, hoping to win the trophy for the second time following our success in 2013.

This got us thinking, who would make the starting line-up if we created a combined team from both sides?

There are arguments for many players to be involved but we have picked our 11 based on those who made a big impact in either or both of Europa League campaigns in question, rather than in all competitions for that particular squad.

Do you agree with us or have we left out some players who deserve to be included? Leave a comment on The 5th Stand app and let us know!

We’ve also gone for a 4-4-2 formation here, but could this perhaps become a 4-2-3-1?

Again, join in the conversation on the Chelsea app and let us know your views!

Goalkeeper

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Our Spanish goalkeeper receives the nod over Petr Cech here, who could face the Blues for Arsenal in what would be his final game of his career.

Kepa has impressed in his first season at Stamford Bridge and played a vital part in the semi-final victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, saving two penalties in the shoot-out as we reached the final in Baku.

Branislav Ivanovic

We just couldn’t leave Ivanovic out, the man who scored the winning goal in the 2013 final in Amsterdam.

That moment of magic alone gets him into our side, with the defender sending a looping header back over the Benfica goalkeeper in injury time to ensure we won the game 2-1 and lifted the Europa League for the first time.

Andreas Christensen

Christensen has been a constant in the Chelsea defence during our run to the Europa League final, with the Dane partnering either David Luiz or Toni Rudiger throughout the campaign.

Andreas is almost certainly going to start for the Blues in Baku, likely with David Luiz alongside him with Rudiger ruled out through injury, and the defender will hope to lift his first European title this week.

David Luiz

The man expected to partner Andreas at the heart of the defence, David Luiz, will be hoping to secure his second Europa League trophy with Chelsea after playing a key role in our 2013 run.

He scored some vital goals, in particular in both legs against Basel in the semi-final, and he was also on target in the penalty shoot-out from this season’s last-four victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Azpi gets into our side because, as always, he has been so reliable and dependable in this Chelsea team, just as he was in the 2013 team.

Playing as a right-back this term under Maurizio Sarri, he’s also filled in at centre-back and on the left and does a fine job wherever he plays. He’s also set to captain the Blues in Baku.

Victor Moses
 

The Nigerian was in fine form and really came into his own as we progressed in the Europa League in 2013, playing a key part as we went on to lift the trophy.

Moses, who is currently on loan at Fenerbahce, showed his importance to the team by scoring in both legs of both the quarter-final and semi-final ties.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

It’s a real shame that Ruben won’t be able to feature in the Baku final, with injury ruling him out.

The midfielder was in fine form this season for the Blues but particularly in the Europa League, with a first career hat-trick against BATE Borisov at Stamford Bridge the pick of the nights for the England international.

Frank Lampard

It would be a bold choice to leave out Super Frank, but it doesn’t come to that because he’s in our side!

Lampard captained the Blues in Amsterdam when we won the trophy in 2013, with that Europa League triumph proving to be his final piece of Chelsea silverware. Fitting.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

The world really sat up and took notice of Callum following his electric performances for Chelsea in this season’s Europa League, particularly with his direct and quick running catching the eye.

He scored some important goals too and, like Loftus-Cheek, it is a real shame that injury will rule him out of the final.

Fernando Torres
 

Another player who really came to the fore in the 2013 campaign, scoring important goals along the way as well as putting a shift in for his team.

Torres was on form throughout the 2013 route to Amsterdam and capped it off by scoring our opener in the final before lifting the trophy with our other goalscorer, Ivanovic.

Olivier Giroud

We can't leave out Giroud, with the striker dominating the goalscoring charts for Chelsea in the Europa League this season.

He's the competition top scorer with 10 strikes to his name, including a memorable hat-trick in a 5-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev, and is expected to lead the line against his former side Arsenal on Wednesday.

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