Europa League last 16 draw: Chelsea, Arsenal avoid big boys
Is it too early to start predicting an all-Premier League final in the UEFA Europa League...
Both Chelsea and Arsenal were handed favorable draws in the last 16 draw of the Europa League on Friday.
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Chelsea will play Dynamo Kiev, while Arsenal will face Stade Rennais for a place in the quarterfinal.
Of course, both Chelsea and Arsenal would prefer to be playing in the UEFA Champions League instead of Europe’s second-tier club competition, but with both teams battling hard to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, winning the Europa League is becoming a very attractive proposition given the UCL spot for the 2019-20 campaign that the winners receive.
As for the other six games lined up for the quarterfinals, one in particular stands out as Eintracht Frankfurt face Inter Milan. The Bundesliga side have a young, hungry squad full of talent and Inter’s star names speak for themselves.
Below is the full list of fixtures with the games to be played on Mar. 7 and 14.
UEFA Europa League last 16 draw
Arsenal v. Stade Rennais
Chelsea v. Dynamo Kiev
Valencia v. Krasnodar
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Inter Milan
Sevilla v. Slavia Prague
Dinamo Zagreb v. Benfica
Zenit v. Villarreal
Napoli v. Red Bull Salzburg