Ancelotti's Napoli faces Arsenal in Europa League

Chelsea news Maurizio Sarri reveals real reason Gonzalo Higuain missed Dynamo Kiev win

Chelsea news Maurizio Sarri reveals real reason Gonzalo Higuain missed Dynamo Kiev win

"Olivier is, for us, a very important player".

"Callum needs to do it as well and take these opportunities when they come along".

Maurizio Sarri's side now sit three points behind the Gunners in the Premier League table, but their London rivals do not play again until April while fifth-placed Manchester United are in FA Cup action this weekend.

"We saw with his goal what he is capable of".

He said: "We started very well, I think, and we wanted to start in this way because it was really very important to score after the result at Stamford Bridge".

They have conceded only 21 goals in Serie A this season - second only to runaway league leaders Juventus - and despite narrowly missing out on progression to the Champions League last 16 on account of having scored two fewer than Liverpool in the group stage, they had the best defensive record in the group with only five goals scored against them.

The arrival of Gonzalo Higuain as the replacement for Alvaro Morata in January once again hurt his chances of establishing himself as a regular starter domestically though.

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"I thought he was terrific", Walker said.

The Portuguese boss is not quite enjoying the best first year at Goodison Park in charge, with his team 11th in the Premier League table and they have probably left it too late to make a charge towards the European spots.

"He's in the area, in the six-yard box more often than most centre forwards you see these days".

Whereas Chelsea or Slavia Prague will face either Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt, Villarreal or Valencia will be Napoli or Arsenal's next opponents in the Semi-Finals.

Jovic is now on a two-year loan at the German side from their Europa League opponents Benfica, with Frankfurt likely to take up the option-to-buy clause in the summer.

Of all the sides Arsenal could have been matched with in the quarter-finals, Napoli were up there with Chelsea and Valencia as one of the least favourable. The Serbian worldwide will be able to face his parent side.

Chelsea cruised into the last eight with an 8-0 aggregate win over Dynamo Kiev, after which Sarri expressed his preference to avoid Napoli in Friday's draw.

"Of course, an Arsenal final sounds good from the British side of things".

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