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Villarreal and Valencia drawn together in Europa League quarter-final

Napoli beat Red Bull Salzburg 4-3 on aggregate in the Europa League last 16 Napoli beat Red Bull Salzburg 4-3 on aggregate in the Europa League last 16
Sidney Guerrero | 16 March, 2019, 08:46

Arsenal and Chelsea both secured their passage to the Europa League quarter-final's on Thursday.

"I prefer to find them in the final", Chelsea's head coach said when informed that Napoli had also qualified.

Insigne is of course the biggest miss for the Serie A side, as a vital source of creativity and goals - as well as leadership since Marek Hamsik left to play out his career in the Chinese Super League.

This incentive should be at the forefront of Arsenal and Chelsea managers Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri's minds as the top-four race bottlenecks with eight games left of the season by Sunday night.

Whoever goes through will be up against one of Villarreal or Valencia, another tough tie.

Kalidou Koulibaly salutes the Napoli fans
Kalidou Koulibaly salutes the Napoli fans

And accordingly the victor of the third quarter-final will play the victor of the second in the semi-finals.

Whilst Spurs or United will be allowed to try and retain the Champions League trophy next season should they win it at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, at the beginning of June, Arsenal or Chelsea will gain entry upon winning the Europa League.

Napoli also boast highly competent full-backs in Mario Rui and Elseid Hysaj, along with familiar names like former Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches and Spanish veteran Raul Albiol as defensive back up. Arsenal, however, face an extremely challenging tie against Napoli.

What do you think Everton's chances are against Chelsea this weekend? "Despite standing at just 5'4", he carries huge importance to the side and Carlo Ancelotti will be desperate to bring him back to full fitness in time for this quarter-final clash. The Poland worldwide has netted 17 times in all competitions this term - leading the club goalscoring charts - and has been a constant danger on the left of a front two with Dries Mertens on the other side.

Lorenzo Insigne has been another danger man for Napoli this season, with 13 goals all told.

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