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Europa League final team news – Kante and Cech both start

Europa League final team news – Kante and Cech both start
By Eurosport

29/05/2019 at 18:55Updated 29/05/2019 at 20:01

Both N’Golo Kante and Petr Cech start for their teams in the Europa League final.

Coming into the match in Baku Chelsea midfielder Kante was initially ruled out before being upgraded to 50-50 by Maurizio Sarri.

It therefore comes as a massive surprise to see the Frenchman start, especially given how careful he was at training the previous evening, a clear sign of just how important he is to the team.

The other major talking points see Emerson start at left-back whilst up front Olivier Giroud is preferred to Gonzalo Higuain against his former side.

Playing in his final match as a professional Cech starts in goal for Arsenal, against the team with which he won both the Champions League and the Europa League.

It has been widely reported that Cech will become Chelsea’s Director of Football upon his retirement, which had led to some supporters suggesting Cech should not start.


Chelsea - Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Hazard. Subs: Caballero, Cumming, Cahill, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Alonso, McEachran, Gallagher, Barkley, Willian, Higuain

Arsenal - Cech, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Riles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette. Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Jenkinson, Elneny, Guendouzi, Willock, Saka, Iliev, Iwobi, Nketiah, Welbeck