UEFA have confirmed their selection of the 18 finest performers from this season’s Europa League.
Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal
After a campaign packed with goals, drama and high-quality football all-round, Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea eventually emerged as the Europa League’s finest earlier this month, before going head-to-head in the tournament’s finale this past Wednesday night.
Both sides headed into proceedings in search of their first silverware of the season, with Arsenal having required a win to secure Champions League football for next season.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, meanwhile, entered the clash with his sights firmly set on the first title of his managerial career.
And, when all was said and done, Sarri put his trophy-less past behind him, in emphatic fashion.
A second-half demolition on the part of the Blues eventually saw Chelsea put their London rivals to the sword by 4 goals to 1.
Eden Hazard (2), Olivier Giroud and Pedro did the damage, as the Pensioners showcased their class when it mattered most.
Got 60 seconds to spare? ✋
49′ ⚽️ Giroud
60′ ⚽️ Pedro
65′ ⚽️ Hazard
69′ ⚽️ Iwobi
72′ ⚽️ Hazard
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 30, 2019
Chelsea dominate TOTS
And Chelsea’s triumph has since been reflected in UEFA’s choice for the competition’s Squad of the Year.
The 18-man panel, selected by ‘Technical Observers’, features a hefty 8 Blues’ stars, including the likes of Kepa Arrizabalaga, David Luiz, Eden Hazard and top-scorer Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal trio Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are also named, while Eintracht Frankfurt’s impressive run to the Europa League’s semi-finals sees 5 of Adi Hütter’s squad, including in-demand hitman Luka Jovic, included.
Rounding out the squad are Benfica duo Alex Grimaldo and Joao Felix.
🌠 #UEL Squad of the Season 2018/19 🌠
UEFA’s Technical Observers have selected their 18-man squad from this season’s UEFA Europa League… 🙌
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 30, 2019