Chelsea fans believe Europa League success this season is an open-and-shut case after being handed a favourable route to the final in Baku.

Maurizio Sarri’s men avoided difficult challenges against big hitters Arsenal and Napoli by drawing Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals on Friday.

The Blues will face the winner of Benfica and Frankfurt in the semi-final should they win the two-legged tie.

Despite Slavia Prague progressing by knocking out five-time winners Sevilla in the last round, Chelsea fans are confident they won’t pose any trouble to them.

Hundreds of Blues fans took to Twitter to express sheer delight after an auspicious path to the final was laid out in front of them.

One fan assuredly stated: ‘Too easy’. Many others echoed that confidence with another claiming: ‘It’s a walk over already.’

Some even went as far to anoint Chelsea as the champions despite there still being potentially five games for them to play.

Chelsea’s domestic rivals Arsenal, meanwhile, found themselves clouded by the worst possible outcome, drawing tournament favourites Napoli.

Benfica will face Frankfurt in the other quarter-final while an all-Spanish affair between Villarreal and Valencia completes the draw.

 

The first legs will be played on April 11, with the second legs on April 18.

Chelsea will play the first leg at home first because both they and Arsenal cannot play in London on the same evening.

Should Unai Emery’s men make it through to the semi-finals of the competition, they will come up against the winner of Valencia and Villarreal while also being afforded a home game in the first leg of the last-four encounter.

The winner of Chelsea and Slavia Prague’s match will face either Frankfurt or Benfica over two legs for a place in the final.

Arsenal have won their only previous home game against Napoli in European competition, where they beat the Serie A side 2-0 in the 2013-14 Champions League campaign, with Mesut Ozil directly involved in both goals.

The German playmaker scored one and assisted the other in that match at the Emirates.

The Blues, who haven’t lost in this season’s Europa League campaign, are unbeaten in their previous six games against Czech opponents in European competition, having won three and drawn three, while also managing to keep a clean sheet in four of the last five.

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