Europa-League-trophyThe Europa League is certainly shaping up nicely ahead of tonight’s second legs, with many ties remaining firmly in the balance. Gareth Bale’s injury time winner gives Tottenham some breathing space in their trip to Lyon this week, Newcastle face a tough task against FC Metalist, while Liverpool need to pull off a big win against Zenit at Anfield if they are going to proceed to the last 16.

Chelsea appear to have the most straight forward tie out of all English clubs, as they entertain Sparta Prague at Stamford Bridge and should the Blues go all the way and end lifting the trophy in Amsterdam they will be only one of fours clubs to complete the European trilogy of landing the European Cup, Cup Winners Cup and the UEFA Cup, joining Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich in that elite group.

Speaking head of tonight’s Europa League tie, former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit believes that the Blues have to finish the job at Stamford Bridge tonight and although it is not the Champions League, it is still an important competition in Europe that they need to be seen to be doing well in:

“The Europa League is important competition for any player and although it is not Champions League, it is still European football and the eyes of the world will be on Chelsea, and they will want to do well.”

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