The 2019 Europa League Final will be Arsenal vs. Chelsea. This will be the first time English teams will be meeting in the UEFA Europa final.
In this article, we will look at how the two teams made it to the finals. Before we start the analysis, we have a simple question for you. Do you understand the Europa league structure?
If no, we recommend you first visit Europa League Structure to understand how the league is formatted. If yes, let’s start with Arsenal.
Arsenal Road to the 2019 Europa League Final
Arsenal Joined Europa League competition in Group Stages as per Europa League format.
- 1 2018/2019 Europa League Group Stages: Arsenal Fixtures & Results
- 2 2018/2019 Europa Group E: Arsenal Fixtures and Result
- 3 2019 Europa League Round of 32: Chelsea Fixtures and Results
- 4 2019 Europa League Round of 16: Chelsea Fixtures and Results
- 5 2019 Europa League Quarter-Finals: Chelsea Fixtures and Results
- 6 2019 Europa League Semi-Final: Chelsea Fixtures and Results
2018/2019 Europa League Group Stages: Arsenal Fixtures & Results
UEFA draw pooled Arsenal in Group E alongside the following teams.
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2018/2019 Europa Group E: Arsenal Fixtures and Result
Europa Group stages play the Round-Robin tournament format. Therefore, Arsenal played the other three teams both at home and away. Below are Arsenal’s home and away match results in Group E.
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2019 Europa League Group E Standings
Just like Arsenal, the other 3 teams played two-legged matches both at home and away. Below were the Group E the standings at the end of group stages on 13th December 2018.
Robin-Round tournament dictates the first two teams proceed to the next stage. Therefore, Arsenal and Sporting Lisbon proceeded to the Round of 32. On the other hand, Vorskla and Qarabag FK exited the competition.
EUROPA LEAGUE KNOCK-OUT STAGES
After group stages, Europa enters the knock-out stage. As the name suggests, the losing teams are knocked out of the competition. The Mode of play is a two-legged match at home and away.
Europa Knock-out phases have 4 stages that include Round of 32, Round of 16, Quarter-finals, and Semi-finals.
Europa League Round of 32: Arsenal Fixtures & Results
Europa League Round of 16: Arsenal Fixtures & Results
UEFA draw paired Arsenal and BATE (Belarus). The two played knock-out matches in March. Below are the fixtures and the results.
Though arsenal lost in the first leg, they overturned the deficit and kept a clean sheet. A 3-1 aggregate propelled arsenal to the semi-finals.
2019 Europa League Semi-Final: Arsenal Fixtures & Results
UEFA semi-final draw paired Arsenal and Valencia. Many fans thought this was the match that would knock-out Arsenal for two reasons.
First, Arsenal exhibited poor form in the premier league at the time. Secondly, Valencia was a tougher team compared to the other teams Arsenal had played before.
Contrarily, Arsenal would win the match in a substantial aggregate. Below are the fixtures and the results.
Despite the doubts, Arsenal won the semi-final in the very biggest goal aggregate in the 2019 competition.
Moments later after Arsenal won the Semi-finals, their London rival’s Chelsea won their semi-final fixtures on penalties.
Let’s now look at how Chelsea made it to the finals.
Chelsea Road to the 2019 Europa League Final
Just like Arsenal, Chelsea joined the 2019 Europa League at Group stages. More details as to why can be found in the Europa league format. UEFA draw pooled Chelsea in Group L alongside 3 other teams as shown in below table.
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2018/2019 Europa Group Stages: Chelsea Fixtures and Results
As explained in the Europa League structure, the mode of play in the group stages is the Round-Robin tournament format. That means each team in Group L played the rest in two-legged home and away matches. Below tables shows Group L results.
2019 Europa Group L Standings
Chelsea topped the table without losing any match. As per the group stages rule, Chelsea and BATE proceeded to the knock-out stage. Let’s see how Chelsea performed in the Knock-out phase.
2019 Europa League Round of 32: Chelsea Fixtures and Results
UEFA draw pairs teams in a draw from Europa round of 32 through to semi-finals. Then, each pair plays two-legged home and away matches. The team with a higher aggregate is declared the winner. Chelsea was paired with Malmo In 2019 Europa League Round of 32.
Below are the fixtures and results at Stamford Bridge and Stadion.
Having beaten Malmo both at home and away, Chelsea won the knock-out on a 5-1 aggregate. Chelsea would then proceed to the round of 16.
2019 Europa League Round of 16: Chelsea Fixtures and Results
In 2019 Europa Round of 16, UEFA paired Chelsea with Dynamo Kyiv. Chelsea had a convincing home and away win the fixtures and results are as follows.
2019 Europa League Quarter-Finals: Chelsea Fixtures and Results
The quarters were paired just like Round of 16. Chelsea was paired with Slavia Prague. The fixtures and results are as follows.
Chelsea won the quarter-finals both at home and away basis.
2019 Europa League Semi-Final: Chelsea Fixtures and Results
The Semi-final draw paired Chelsea and Frankfurt. This is the only game that almost knocked out Chelsea out of the competition. Both home and away matches ended in a draw. Luckily, Chelsea won on penalties. Chelsea Semi-final Fixtures and Results were as follows:
Chelsea narrowly won the semi-final on penalties. In the meanwhile, Arsenal won the semi-final against Valencia. By the end of the penalties, it was clear it was all English in the 2019 Europa League final for the first time in history.
2019 Europa League Final (Arsenal versus Chelsea)
On Wednesday, 29 May 2019, Chelsea vs. Arsenal will battle it out for the finals at Baku Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan. We will update the with match review later. Stay tuned.