Halftime: Frankfurt 1: 1 Chelsea
Level pegging in the interval. Chelsea remained flat for 40 minutes, with Frankfurt scoring the deserved advantage of 21-year-old Luka Jovic, but just before the break came a rally. Ruben Loftus-Cheek kick-started a mini-revival attack and tried to stand close to the post before posting the lead to Pedro, who scored a equalizer in the corner of the goal. Sarri said they had "trouble" in the defense and they looked suspicious on the left side. Danny da Costa was always happy against the defender, while Andreas Christensen seemed temporarily nervous after an early booking on thin ice. Everything is to be played in the second half.
GOAL! Frankfurt 1: 1 Chelsea (Pedro, 45)
The team of Maurizio Sarri is equal in Germany. Moments after Loftus-Cheek approaches, he struggles to get the ball to Pedro in the pits. His fast feet wobble inside the box by a meter of space. He waves to the left before hammering with little effort.
40 minutes: Christensen comes through with one! Da Costa hits the ball, the Chelsea defender misses the jump and Gacinovic struggles to beat him. The Frankfurt striker does not want to run for him, but wants a foul after Christensen has dragged him a bit. Gacinovic should have just lowered his head, continued with things and give Kepa something to think about. It turned out that Frankfurt is a great opportunity. The Spanish referee was unmoved. 3.40 pm EDT
39 min: Sebastian Rode was ubiquitous for Frankfurt. Neither Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, nor Kanté were near him.
37 minutes: Chelsea wins another corner by Pedro. Willian gets it and Giroud goes down after battling Hinteregger, but the Chelsea striker is to blame. Sarri and Zola have a blast at the fourth official, but that's mostly frustration. Chelsea just was not good enough.
35 minutes: Jorginho climbs halfway to Rode. The Dortmund borrower whips him in and is redirected at the end of Giroud's head in a corner of Frankfurt. They also decide on a short turn before they can not make another bite of the cherry.
34 mins Willian misses a shot! Whether it was a cross or a shot, only he knows. He does well, he turns and turns to buy a yard on the edge of the box, before he bends his right foot just behind the far away post. That's about all for Chelsea. Frankfurt has looked much more comfortable.
33 min: Chelsea once again decides to play it short – presumably they worked on it – but Rode lives Frank and Frank clearly.
32 mins Loftus-Cheek takes the ball in half, opens his legs and drives into space. Chelsea wins a corner …
31 mins: David Luiz has the ball in his own 18-yard box, but Frankfurt is fast To make life difficult is not just one but three men pushing it. Frankfurt was defensively intelligent.
28 mins: "I am a Chelsea fan and my gut feeling was that Kepa should." I did better, "Lee Madden sends an e-mail. "He had time to come for it and could have predicted the ball's flight much better. So a) Am I too hard and b) Can you still remember the last time Kepa rescued you for not expecting him? From Frankfurt and earned by the game … "Kepa seemed to take a while to respond when Jovic made contact as he squeezed.
26 min: Pedro's first touch inadvertently puts him in position to take on the 25th volleyball Meters to come. He hits it sweet enough, but in the end it jumps just beyond Kevin Trapps post. The Frankfurt goalkeeper was embarrassed for a moment.
24 min. It has been loud before, but the Frankfurt fans have just turned up a few decibels. Jovic wobbles around causing trouble for Chelsea's backcourt, while Christensen fears an early yellow card.
GOAL! Frankfurt 1: 0 Chelsea (Jovic, 23)
This is the No. 26 of the season and his ninth place in the Europa League. Giroud lost possession of the ball high and the German team countered with speed. They flew to the left while Kostic whipped in an inviting ball and Jovic stooped superbly to head into the corner behind Kepa.
20 min. David Abraham burns past the back post! Kostic floats in a dangerous ball that kicks off a few Frankfurt heads before falling friendly to the defender. But he understands everything wrong.
18 min: Christensen! Rode reaches to the left, demands the challenge and the young Dane beats down the Frankfurt midfielder. The Dortmund borrower jumps to his feet and will swing a free kick from the sideline on the left flank after 30 meters. Another chance to test the Chelsea defense …
17 min.: Kepa stops by Da Costa! Kostic worked it from the left and Eintracht skilfully picked out the overlapping defender, who drives with a low cross-cum-shot. In the end, it is too close to the Chelsea goalkeeper, but they needed Kepa to finish the attack. Many early positive results for Frankfurt.
15 minutes: Danny da Costa is still very lively! The full-back smuggles the ball from a stationary Loftus Cheek and a Eintracht bomb to the front. A sea of bright yellow shirts manages to stop him, but Da Costa finds joy on the right.
13 min. Sarri has crossed her arms, but Chelsea will be quite happy with it. Emerson occasionally felt a little lost, but there's nothing to worry about – not yet.
12 min: Role reversal for Eintracht This time with Da Costa to the right, before he flicks Kostic. The striker hits but fails to make a clean connection. It came from a patient play of the hosts, which slowed things down again. Hasebe and Hinteregger took the opportunity to get on the ball.
9 min: A gentle reminder that the two top scorers of the competition are meeting tonight: Olivier Giroud and Luka Jovic. Giroud has played ten goals in his last seven games for Chelsea, six of them in the Europa League.
7 min.: Kostic hits a high ball on an unmarked Da Costa, who was a Frankfurt defender however, react too slowly. Chelsea gets a free kick in their own half when Emerson is beaten by Da Costa, who is a bit overzealous to change his mind a moment ago.
5 min: It's all a bit cautious, but Jorginho and Kanté try to bring the heat to Rode, which is 30 yards from his own goal is on the ball. The referee pulls up the Chelsea pair, but it's good to see they want to make a difference. Maurizio Sarri is encouraged.
2 min: Chelsea buys an early corner from Kostic; They play it short, but it comes to nothing, as Kanté pulls away from 25 meters away.
1 minute: A reluctant start in a huge atmosphere. David Luiz and Christensen happily beat the ball for defense.
Eintracht reveals a huge tifo as teams trot out of the tunnel. Frankfurt is definitely ready for this.
In the Waldstadion, an atmosphere prevails in which the Eintracht fans channel their inner Frankie Valli.
Insider Knowledge, Courtesy of Ian Copestake. "After living in Frankfurt for many years, it is hard to imagine, but it is gratifying that pride reigns in a team that invariably has made even longer faces with the locals," he says in an e-mail. "It seems they never have a mindset that may not even be necessary against Chelsea-lite." Frankfurt, who won the 1980 Uefa Cup, qualified for the Europa League after winning the German Cup last season when they defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 in the final.
Maurizio Sarri talks about Hazard's omission. "We have to complete five games of equal importance in two weeks, so we have to change," he says. "Christensen was the only center-back available for every game. He is improving, I have no doubt about him. For the same reason, Hazard is also on the bench for two reasons. First, because he played the last 10 games in a row, and second, because he can usually change the game from the bank. I think he has to rest after ten games in a row. I do not want him playing for 90 minutes.
By dropping Hazard Sarri did indeed restitute him for … Watford on Sunday at home. It's a bit astonishing to keep Chelsea fresh with only three games left after this game, one of which is the return leg at Stamford Bridge this Thursday. It will be interesting to see if and when Sarri wants to use him from the bank. With respect to Frankfurt, the debate centered around the attacking Arsenal, but in midfield they have some familiar faces: Manchester City's former Manchester City midfielder Gelson Fernandes, who was signed by Sven during his ex-Swansea, has begun The Man Jonathan de Guzmán is on the bench.
Giulio Ongaro, E-mailed is among the studs. "Sarri does exactly what he did to Napoli," he says. "He claims that he has no interest in the Europa League and he thinks of the Scudetto (in this case). He did not get any. If you do not want to win, this is bad news that you send to the players. "This is a brave call from the Chelsea coach.
News from the team So no Eden Hazard for Chelsea, as Maurizio Sarri made five changes to the team five days ago at Manchester United played. Sarri wants a place among the top four in the Premier League instead of a Europa League trophy at the end of the season – he has no idea – but if you take Hazard in the semi-final for a breather, that seems a bit of a bang. Rüdiger, Alonso, Kovacic, Higuaín and Hazard are replaced by Christensen, Emerson, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro and Giroud. The omission of Hazard is an asset to a Frankfurt team that was unbeaten in the last eleven home games in this competition. Haller and Rebić are missing for the hosts.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp; Abraham, Hinteregger, Falette, Da Costa; Fernandes, Hasebe, Ritt; Gacinovic, Kostic, Jovic
Subjects: Ronnow, N & Dicka, De Guzman, Willems, Torro, Chandler, Gonçalo
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson; Kanté, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Willian, Giroud, Pedro
Subjects: Caballero, Zappacosta, Alonso, Barkley, Kovacic, Hazard, Higuaín
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande
According to Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea's defense is in "trouble," which, as I said, the music of a Frankfurt side is again high after reaching a European semi-final for the first time in 1980. At the heart of Chelsea's problems is a lack of available center-backs. Antonio Rüdiger was eliminated after knee surgery for the season, while Gary Cahill is missing with an Achilles tendon problem. David Luiz and Andreas Christensen start in the defense, César Azpilicueta has trained there "just in case". If only Sarri Branislav Ivanovic could call, the hero, as Chelsea lifted the Europa League Cup in Amsterdam six years ago for the last time. However, Sarri has clarified that his team prioritized a top-four finish in the Premier League before beating this competition. Ivanovic won the race after Fernando Torres scored in 2013. But if Chelsea, who drew Old Trafford on Sunday in the Europa League, has not yet defeated – a record victory, then they have the chance to reach another final. There are also no key players in Frankfurt – strikers Sébastian Haller and Ante Rebić due to injuries and suspensions – but head coach Adi Hütter can at least call Luka Jovic, one of the continent's hottest strikers. "Most of our players play their first European season," said Hütter. "But we were brave and deserved to be here. On a special day we can even hurt a special opponent. Impetus: 8 pm (BST) Updated
According to Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea's defense is in "trouble," which, as I said, the music of a Frankfurt side is again high after reaching a European semi-final for the first time in 1980. At the heart of Chelsea's problems is a lack of available center-backs. Antonio Rüdiger was eliminated after knee surgery for the season, while Gary Cahill is missing with an Achilles tendon problem. David Luiz and Andreas Christensen start in the defense, César Azpilicueta has trained there "just in case". If only Sarri Branislav Ivanovic could call, the hero, as Chelsea lifted the Europa League Cup in Amsterdam six years ago for the last time. However, Sarri has clarified that his team prioritized a top-four finish in the Premier League before beating this competition. Ivanovic won the race after Fernando Torres scored in 2013.
But if Chelsea, who drew Old Trafford on Sunday in the Europa League, has not yet defeated – a record victory, then they have the chance to reach another final. There are also no key players in Frankfurt – strikers Sébastian Haller and Ante Rebić due to injuries and suspensions – but head coach Adi Hütter can at least call Luka Jovic, one of the continent's hottest strikers. "Most of our players play their first European season," said Hütter. "But we were brave and deserved to be here. On a special day we can even hurt a special opponent.
Impetus: 8 pm (BST)