Thursday May 9 2019
Sarri first Italian Europa League Finalist

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has made history as the first Italian Coach to compete in the modern Europa League Final.

His side eliminated Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties this evening following a 1-1 draw, matching the first leg result in Germany.

They will face Arsenal in the Final in Baku on May 29.

It’ll be an all-English Final, just as it is between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League, so it’s the first time ever that all four Finalists in the two major UEFA tournaments are from the same country.

However, it’s notable that none of the tacticians of these clubs are English, with Italy, Spain, Argentina and Germany represented on the bench.

Sarri makes history in a different way, as he is the first Italian Coach to take part in the modern Europa League Final.

The last representative from the Peninsula to reach the UEFA Cup Final was Alberto Malesani to win it for Parma in 1998-99, before the format change.

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