Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud demands game time from Maurizio Sarri

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The Frenchman now has nine goals in as many games in the tournament this season and with the Blues advancing to the quarter-finals, it will surely be quite hard to drop the striker.

Sarri had previously suggested his emotional connection to his former club would make him wary of facing them, but speaking after Thursday's game in Kiev he said he would be happier if the reunion came at the end of the competition.

The path to the final at Azerbaijan's Olympic Stadium in Baku on Wednesday 29th May was also revealed with Friday's draw showing which of the quarter-final winners will face off in the semi-finals.

The victor of the quarter-final between Napoli and Arsenal will certainly be favourite to make the final, both of which are capable of causing a serious threat to the Blues. "It would be hard to play them with my history with the club".

Meanwhile, Chelsea will escape punishment for making alleged illegal payments to the father of defender Andreas Christensen, because they were declared during a Premier League amnesty period in 2015.

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As it transpired, it is Arsenal who face Napoli and Walker, who played for Chelsea between 1976-1984, would welcome an all London final but thinks Sarri's side must take it one round at a time. "In the last month he has been able to have training".

'Now we need to start in the offensive phase to play every match with the same ideas.

"Giroud with his experience, he needs to set the barrier very, very high which he's done", Walker told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am). Physically, technically, he is improving tactically. "He can become one of the best midfielders not only in England but in Europe".

Teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi continued his own fine Europa League form, slotting in his fourth goal of the tournament after racing clear with 12 minutes remaining.

"We started very well".

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