Giroud hat-trick helps Chelsea ease into Europa quarters

Heather Diaz
March 16, 2019

The Europa League draw on Friday nicely allowed the two London sides to be separated all the way to the final, should they both proceed through the next two knockout rounds.

"He has been able to train after the problem with the back".

Giroud's ideal hat-trick means he is the Europa League's top scorer this season with nine goals and Sarri was delighted with his display.

Speaking after his hat-trick against Dynamo Kiev, Giroud said: "I'm a competitor and I want to play every single game and to be happy on the pitch".

And it was Arsenal who had to compromise since they had finished below Chelsea in the Premier League last season.

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"Giroud with his experience, he needs to set the barrier very, very high which he's done", Walker told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am). When I do the tests on the treadmill I have to say that I have one of the best tests (at the club).

"He played very well - better in the second half because we found the spaces and Callum in the spaces is really a very good player", Sarri added.

Everton will be focusing on trying to improve their record against Chelsea though, winning just 9 of the previous 53 Premier League meetings. The championship [Premier League] is another thing, you know? "I am really very happy for him and for the hat-trick, and I am really very happy with him". Spurs' victors in the world's oldest football competition Crystal Palace are facing Watford in the Quarter-Finals.

Elsewhere, Napoli wrapped up a 4-3 aggregate victory over last season's semi-finalists Salzburg despite a 3-1 second-leg loss in Austria. "It means we are in the final, that would make me happy and Napoli are in the final and that would make me happy. Making that step up is very hard and he showed that he can score goals from that position with his pace".

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