The London clubs will face off each other in the Europa League final on 29th May.

Chelsea defender and skipper, Cesar Azpilicueta wants his side to consider their match against New England Revolution as a warm up to their upcoming Europa League final against Arsenal.

The West London outfit is in Boston to play against the MLS side on Wednesday night in their ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign.

Maurizio Sarri has picked a strong squad which includes the likes of Hazard as the Italian tactician also sees this as an opportunity to prepare for the all-important final.

The Spanish defender addressed the media at a press conference, “It’s been a busy few weeks trying to get into the final of the Europa League and the last Premier League games to qualify for the Champions League.”

“We are pleased to be in America, first time in Boston and a game we are all looking forward to playing because it’s a big event to fight against anti-Semitism and all kinds of discrimination.”

“We are approaching our most important game of the season in Baku, but we are focused on keeping the good feelings in the team and to stay fit since it’s nearly two weeks until the final so we have to use it in the right way.”


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Several young players including Reece James and Trevor Chalobah have also travelled with the team after finishing their loan stints last season. Azpilicueta expressed his excitement to see the youngsters in action.

“We are excited to see Reece and Trevor back from their loan spells and Connor (Gallagher) who was named player of the year in the academy, Marc (Guehi) was on the bench in the last Premier League game.

“It’s important for them to get experience travelling with us and even play in a game.”

In all certainty, it is the biggest game of the season for the Blues and the players will want to finish it on a memorable note. However, it can also be Eden Hazard‘s last match in a Chelsea shirt so he will like to end his tenure on a high.