UEFA have confirmed their selection of the 18 finest performers from this season’s Europa League.
Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal
After a campaign packed with goals, drama and high-quality football all-round, Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea eventually emerged as the Europa League’s finest earlier this month, before going head-to-head in the tournament’s finale this past Wednesday night.
And, when all was said and done, Sarri put his trophy-less past behind him, in emphatic fashion.
A second-half demolition on the part of the Blues eventually saw Chelsea put their London rivals to the sword by 4 goals to 1.
Eden Hazard (2), Olivier Giroud and Pedro did the damage, as the Pensioners showcased their class when it mattered most.
And Chelsea’s triumph has since been reflected in UEFA’s choice for the competition’s Squad of the Year.
The 18-man panel, selected by ‘Technical Observers’, features a hefty 8 Blues’ stars, including the likes of Kepa Arrizabalaga, David Luiz, Eden Hazard and top-scorer Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal trio Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are also named, while Eintracht Frankfurt’s impressive run to the Europa League’s semi-finals sees 5 of Adi Hütter’s squad, including in-demand hitman Luka Jovic, included.
Rounding out the squad are Benfica duo Alex Grimaldo and Joao Felix.