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PMB: Europa League final - the numbers


The climax to our European campaign is almost upon us so it is time for club statistician Paul Dutton to begin our preview of the meeting with Arsenal in Azerbaijan...


Chelsea in Numbers

This is Chelsea’s 18th European match against English opposition.

The west Londoners are now a competition-record 17 games unbeaten in the Europa League, the draws at Vidi and Frankfurt being the only games in that sequence 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 are targeting a club record 15th match unbeaten in Europe that would surpass our current best of 14 set between 2008 and 2010.

Chelsea are the highest scorers in this season’s Europa League (32 goals) and Olivier Giroud is the joint-top scorer in this season’s competition (10, level with Luka Jovic).

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Olivier Giroud is the first player ever to score 10 goals in a single European campaign for Chelsea.

Maurizio Sarri is the first Italian to manage in a UEFA Cup/Europa League final since Alberto Malesani in 1999, who won the trophy with Parma that year.

The two previous Italians to manage an English club in a major European final led Chelsea to victory – Gianluca Vialli in the 1998 Cup Winners’ Cup final and Roberto Di Matteo in the 2012 Champions League final.

Roberto Di Matteo led the Blues to the Champions League trophy seven years ago


Chelsea have appeared in five previous European finals.

1970/71Real MadridCup Winners’ CupWinners
1997/98StuttgartCup Winners’ CupWinners
2007/08Manchester UtdChampions LeagueRunners-up
2011/12Bayern MunichChampions LeagueWinners
2012/13BenficaEuropa LeagueWinners


 

Chelsea’s record against English teams in Europe
1970/71Manchester City (h)W 1-0Cup Winners’ Cup SF 1L
 Manchester City (a)W 1-0Cup Winners’ Cup SF 2L (agg 2-0)
2003/04Arsenal (h)D 1-1Champions League QF 1L
 Arsenal (a)W 2-1Champions League QF 2L (agg 3-2)
2004/05Liverpool (h)D 0-0Champions League SF 1L
 Liverpool (a)L 0-1Champions League SF 2L (agg 0-1)
2005/06Liverpool (a)D 0-0Champions League group stage
 Liverpool (h)D 0-0Champions League group stage
2006/07Liverpool (h)W 1-0Champions League SF 1L
 Liverpool (a)L 0-1Champions League SF 2L (agg 1-1, lost on pens)
2007/08Liverpool (a)D 1-1Champions League SF 1L
 Liverpool (h)W 3-2Champions League SF 2L (agg 4-3)
 Manchester Utd (n)D 1-1Champions League final (lost on pens)
2008/09Liverpool (a)W 3-1Champions League QF 1L
 Liverpool (h)D 4-4Champions League QF 2L (agg 7-5)
2010/11Manchester Utd (h)L 0-1Champions League QF 1L
 Manchester Utd (a)L 1-2Champions League QF 2L (agg 1-3)
Europa League results
20 SepPAOK (a)W 1-0
4 OctVidi (h)W 1-0
25 OctBATE Borisov (h)W 3-1
8 NovBATE Borisov (a)W 1-0
29 NovPAOK (h)W 4-0
13 DecVidi (a)D 2-2
14 FebMalmo (a) round of 32W 2-1
21 FebMalmo (h) round of 32W 3-0
7 MarDynamo Kiev (h) round of 16W 3-0
14 MarDynamo Kiev (a) round of 16W 5-0
11 AprSlavia Prague (a) quarter-finalW 1-0
18 AprSlavia Prague (h) quarter-finalW 4-3
2 MayEintracht Frankfurt (a) semi-finalD 1-1
9 MayEintracht Frankfurt (h) semi-finalD 1-1 (won 4-3 on pens)


Europa League scorers

Giroud 10, Hudson-Odoi 4, Loftus-Cheek 4, Pedro 4, Willian 3, Alonso 2, Barkley 2, Morata 2, own-goal 1

 

Chelsea's last six games

21 April: Burnley (h), drew 2-2
28 April: Manchester United (a), drew 1-1
2 May: Eintracht (a), drew 1-1
5 May: Watford (h), won 3-0
9 May: Eintracht Frankfurth (h), drew 1-1 (4-3 on pens)
12 May: Leicester (a), drew 0-0


MILESTONES

If selected, Jorginho will make his 50th start for Chelsea in all competitions.

Mateo Kovacic made his 50th appearance Chelsea in all competitions at Leicester.

Jorginho reached 50 with his last appearance


ARSENAL IN NUMBERS

Founded 1886

Major trophies
13 League championships, last in 2004
13 FA Cups, last in 2017
2 League Cups, last in 1993
1 European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994
1 Fairs Cup in 1970


Arsenal have lost four of their five UEFA European finals, with their only victory coming in the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup against Parma.

Faustino Asprilla of Parma takes on Lee Dixon in Arsenal's European Cup Winners' Cup final 25 years ago


The north Londoners have appeared in six previous European finals (including the non-UEFA Fairs Cup). 

1969/70AnderlechtInter-Cities Fairs CupWinners
1979/80ValenciaCup Winners’ CupRunners-up
1993/94ParmaCup Winners’ CupWinners
1994/95Real ZaragozaCup Winners’ CupRunners-up
1999/00GalatasarayUEFA CupRunners-up
2005/06BarcelonaChampions LeagueRunners-up


 

The Gunners are seeking a sixth consecutive win in the Europa League.

Arsenal have had a competition-high 12 different goalscorers in the Europa League this season (excluding own-goals).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored eight goals in this season’s Europa League. The only Arsenal player with more in a single season in European competition is Ian Wright, who scored nine in the 1994/95 Cup Winners’ Cup.

The Gunners have scored five headed goals in this season’s Europa League. No club has scored more.
 

Alexandre Lacazette heads in during the previous round against Valencia

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has won the Europa League more often than any other manager, winning it three times in 2014, 2015 and 2016 with Sevilla.

Emery could become only the fourth manager to win the UEFA/Europa League with two different teams, after Rafael Benitez (Valencia and Chelsea), Jose Mourinho (Porto and Man Utd) and Giovanni Trapattoni (Juventus and Inter).

Arsenal’s last eight Europa League goals have been scored by either Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (four) or Alexandre Lacazette (four).

In all European competition, Arsenal have faced opponents from 27 different nations and beaten teams from 26 of those countries, the only exception being against English clubs.
 

Arsenal’s record against English teams in Europe
2003/04Chelsea (a)D 1-1Champions League QF 1L
 Chelsea (h)L 1-2Champions League QF 2L (agg 2-3)
2007/08Liverpool (h)D 1-1Champions League QF 1L
 Liverpool (a)L 2-4Champions League QF 2L (agg 3-5)
2008/09Manchester Utd (a)L 0-1Champions League SF 1L
 Manchester Utd (h)L 1-3Champions League SF 2L (agg 1-4)


 

Europa League group E results
20 SepVorskla Poltava (h)W 4-2
4 OctQarabag (a)W 3-0
25 OctSporting Lisbon (a)W 1-0
8 NovSporting Lisbon (h)D 0-0
29 NovVorskla Poltava (a)W 3-0
13 DecQarabag (h)W 1-0


 

GROUP E FINAL TABLE
PWDLGDPts
Arsenal65101016
Sporting Lisbon64111013
Vorskla Poltava6105-93
Qarabag6105-113


 

Europa League knockout rounds results
14 FebBATE Borisov (a) round of 32L 0-1
21 FebBATE Borisov (h) round of 32W 3-0
7 MarRennes (a) round of 16L 1-3
14 MarRennes (h) round of 16W 3-0
11 AprNapoli (h) quarter-finalW 2-0
18 AprNapoli (a) quarter-finalW 1-0
2 MayValencia (h) semi-finalW 3-1
9 MayValencia (a) semi-finalW 4-2


Europa League scorers

Aubameyang 8, Lacazette 5, Ramsey 2 (1 pen), Smith Rowe 2, Sokratis 2, Welbeck 2, Guendouzi 1, Iwobi 1, Maitland-Niles 1, Mustafi 1, Ozil 1, Willock 1, own-goals 2.

Arsenal's Europa League top scorer is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang


SEMI-FINAL SECOND LEG LINE UP

VALENCIA 2 ARSENAL 4
Arsenal won 7-3 on aggregate
Mestalla, 09.05.19, 8pm
(3-4-1-2) Cech; Sokratis, Koscielny (c), Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Torreira (Guendouzi 80), Xhaka, Kolasinac (Mustafi 71); Ozil (Mkhitaryan 62); Aubameyang, Lacazette
Booked Ozil 62, Lacazette 90+2
Scorers Aubameyang 17, 69, 88, Lacazette 50
 

 

Manager Unai Emery
Days in charge: 371
Played 57
Won 35
Drawn 8
Lost 14

Unai Emery’s record v Chelsea
Won: 1
Drawn: 1
Lost: 2


THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati
Rocchi and his four assistants are from Italy. Half the VAR team are from the same country and half from Poland. For the first time an additional ‘Offside VAR’ will be used.

 

 

 

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