Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has admitted that the Blues are underdogs in their quest to win the Europa League and end Maurizio Sarri’s first campaign at the club on a “beautiful” high.
The Blues held off Slavia Prague in their quarter-final tie by claiming a 5-3 aggregate victory, setting up a semi-final with Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.
Kante admits Chelsea’s failure to see out matches with the minimum of fuss is becoming a problem, but progression to the last four is ultimately all that matters for the Frenchman as it keeps the London outfit on course for more silverware.
“It’s just something that has happened many times this season and something we need to manage a bit better,” he told reporters after Chelsea’s match against Slavia Prague.
“We still have to work on that. The most important thing was to qualify. We’ll go into the semi-final with confidence and we hope to qualify for the final.
“I think it’s important to be in the semi-finals, it was our target.”
“We played a good game, it was difficult in the second half but we got what we wanted and we are happy for that. I think [Slavia] worked very well.”
“They tried to push more and scored two beautiful goals. And after that, we managed to hold on to keep the win.”
“We can make the season beautiful by winning the Europa League.”
“That’s the only title we can win now, so it would be great to win the Europa League.”