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Chelsea v Benfica: Europa League final preview

Torres & Lampard could have a big say in the final (©GettyImages)
Torres & Lampard could have a big say in the final (©GettyImages).

In a rematch of the 2012 Champions League quarter-final, Chelsea and Benfica square off again for the Europa League trophy.

When they met in March 2012, Chelsea took a 1-0 away victory at the Stadium of Light thanks to a Salomon Kalou for a tap-in.

Then, in April 2012, Chelsea won at Stamford Bridge 2-1, with former Blues midfielder Raul Miereles shooting the ball into the top right-hand corner after a swift counter-attack as time ended to seal a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Unfortunately, Blues' striker Demba Ba is ineligible for the Europa League final, as he previously played in the competition with his former club Newcastle United, before being sold to Chelsea for £7.5m in the January transfer window.

Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard, meanwhile, will miss the match after suffering a hamstring injury at the weekend.

SL Benfica have learned from their previous defeat to Chelsea last season.  They arrived to the final by beating Fenerbahce 3-1 on their home ground after falling 1-0 in the first leg in Turkey.

Benfica's line is now led by Brazilian forward Lima, who arrived from Braga before the start of the season. He has scored 27 goals this season, with fellow scorer Oscar Cardozo scoring 31 goals in all competitions.

Pablo Aimar, who mainly contributes off the bench for Benfica, is able to change Benfica’s attacking style when he comes on the pitch.

Ultimately, if Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is able to make a solid contribution, the Blues will lift their second European trophy in as many years. The Spaniard must be able to find the net like he did when he completed the double against Rubin Kazan.

Benfica must be able to contain the Chelsea attack, which consists of fast paced players of the likes of Oscar, Victor Moses, and Juan Mata. They must cut off all angles so that the Chelsea midfield cannot find Torres in the area for an easy finish.

It will likely be a midfielder to rise to the occasion for the Blues, if they are to lift the trophy.

 

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