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Three things we learned from the Europa League final



Baku – Chelsea whipped Arsenal 4-1 out of an all-English last in the Europa League on Wednesday.

Here AFP Sport takes a gander at three things we gained from the masterpiece at Baku’s Olympic Stadium:

Giroud makes a large portion of European possibility

Olivier Giroud has discovered open doors hard to stopped by in the Premier League following his January 2018 move from Arsenal, yet the France striker again demonstrated his value in Chelsea’s Europa League triumph as he completed the challenge’s top scorer with 11 objectives, one above exceedingly evaluated Eintracht Frankfurt sharpshooter Luka Jovic.

Giroud has made just 13 league starts in 18 months at Stamford Bridge scoring only twice in the top-flight this season. He recently admitted his frustration at his bit-part role, but his displays on the continent have convinced the club’s hierarchy to extend his deal for another season.

The former Gunners forward came back to haunt to his old side with a superb glancing header for the opening goal in Baku, also won a penalty that led to Chelsea’s third goal and then teed up Eden Hazard to complete the rout.

Late season prosper supports Sarri

Maurizio Sarri’s future as Chelsea supervisor seemed somber after goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga would not be substituted amid February’s League Cup last annihilation by Manchester City on punishments.

Previously fighting to maintain a strategic distance from the sack, the Wembley uprising additionally undermined the Italian’s standing and left him motionless.

However Sarri, who has been vigorously connected with a move to Juventus, directed a prominent upturn in fortunes starting there forward, driving the Blues to a third-place complete in the group and a second Europa League crown in seven years.

Sarri had stolen the features 24 before when he irately raged off the pitch amid an instructional course, yet winning the last – his first title as a supervisor – changed what he previously professed to be an “excellent season” into a “great” one.

Questions persist over Emery

Unai Emery’s Europa League magic ran out in Baku, as he finished on the losing side for the first time in four finals.

A promising first 30 minutes from Arsenal quickly faded into a distant memory as Chelsea blew the Gunners away with a merciless second-half blitz that underlined the magnitude of the task Emery faces as the successor to Arsene Wenger.

In a time of transition, the Basque coach has done a steady if unspectacular job, but doubts remain over his ability to lead Arsenal back to past heights after they missed out on Champions League revenue for the third year in a row.

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Liverpool vs. Chelsea results: Final score, highlights from 2019 UEFA Super Cup




Liverpool defeated Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday on penalties 2-2 (5-4) at BJK Vodafone Park in Istanbul, Turkey.

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 36th minute off an assist from Christian Pulisic. Liverpool’s Sadio Mane found the back of the net twice in the second half, his tying goal coming in the 48th minute and his second in extra time. Roberto Firmino, a second-half substitute for the Reds, was the orchestrator of both goals.

A 101st-minute penalty from Jorginho gave Chelsea life after Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian appeared to make contact with Tammy Abraham.

The match would require all five penalty takers to find a winner. Chelsea’s final shot, by Abaraham, was saved by Adrian.

This is Liverpool’s fourth Super Cup title; the Reds last won in 2005.

The UEFA Super Cup is a match between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League, both won this year by English clubs.

Liverpool defeated Tottenham 2-0 to win its sixth Champions League title on June 1, while Chelsea put four goals past Arsenal to win its second Europa League title on May 29.

Sporting News tracked scoring updates and highlights from the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea. Catch what you may have missed below.

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Two goals from Marcus Rashford, and one each from Anthony Martial and Daniel James, gave Ole Solskjaer’s side a rousing, if flattering, victory over Chelsea




Here’s Frank Lampard

“There were four mistakes for the goals, but we controlled major parts of the first half. We made a couple of poor decisions in the final third. We should have been ahead at half-time. Even at the start of the second half, I didn’t mind it, then two mistakes and we’re 3-0 down.

“At 1-0 we were the better team. They’re a counter-attacking team – it’s a big strength of theirs, put it that way, and if you give them opportunities to run past you they will. They were absolutely clinical.

“There are loads of lessons for us – we can’t make unforced errors at this level. But at the same time, it was nowhere near a 4-0. We have Rudiger and Willian not far away; Callum and Ruben will be a bit longer than that. I don’t want that excuse, though. The team we put out was competing very well in the game.

“The first thing I said to the players was that we have to be grown up about it, because it’s not nice. We’re Chelsea and we don’t losing 4-0 anywhere, but we have to accept that. We have to analyse the bad bits and correct them.”

The Man of the Match is Harry Maguire

“It’s a great start for myself and the team. We rode our luck a little bit in the first half – we gave them too many chances. There were a few nerves and we gave the ball away in dangerous areas. But I think we were a lot better in the second half, we controlled the game and thoroughly deserved the three points.

“Our front three are so dangerous, on the break especially, and it was a convincing win in the end. Even at 3-0 and 4-0 we wanted a clean sheet; we knew there were only two here last season. We need to make this place a fortress. It’s a good start, but we’re not getting carried away.”

“We’ve finally put in a textbook Mourinho performance,” says Michael Simpson. “I’m sure he’ll have warm words upstairs after the game.”

Ha, yes. This reminded me of some of those 4-0 wins at the start of the 2017-18 season: tight and nervous for most of the game, and then a blizzard of late, counter-attacking goals.

Full time: Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea

Peep peep! Manchester United start their season with a rousing, if flattering, thrashing of Chelsea. Marcus Rashford scored twice, with Anthony Martial – back in his old role at No9 – and the substitute Daniel James getting the others. Paul Pogba was his usual self: exasperating at times, imperious and devastating at others. Chelsea started the game superbly and passed it well, but their shoddy defending was punished ruthlessly.

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