Maurizio Sarri reacts to Arsenal knocking old club Napoli out of the Europa League

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admits he is disappointed that his side can no longer meet his former club Napoli in the final of the Europa League after the Italians were knocked out by Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half free-kick into the top corner earned victory on the night after the hosts had had the better of the early chances.

It ensured a comfortable night’s work for the Gunners as Unai Emery marked his 50th game as their manager.

The west Londoners had a dramatic night at Stamford Bridge, holding off a fightback from Slavia Prague to progress 5-3 on aggregate, though Arsenal’s progress was rather more serene in Naples.

‘I’m not happy that Napoli are out because, if the final is Chelsea v Napoli, I’m sure at the end of the match I’d be really happy,’ the Italian explained after the game. ‘This time I don’t want to play the final; I want to win the final.

‘To win the competition it’ll be very difficult. Eintracht are a great team with a wonderful striker in Luka Jovic.’

‘As usual in the last two months we started very badly in the second half and we need a solution.

I can try without going into the dressing room at half-time if that’ll solve the problem.

‘It’s not easy to understand. It is a big problem. At the end of the first half we thought we had qualified. I told them to start with the same application in the second half but we didn’t. They scored from 18 metres without being opposed, twice.’

 

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