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Chelsea Progress Into The Knockout Phases Of The Europa League In Style

Chelsea progress into the knockout stages in a fashionable manner, finish tops and unbeaten.

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Chelsea have qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League, despite playing out a two all draw against MOL VIDI, in Hungary. Chelsea, who finished in a remarkable sixteen points, remain unbeaten in Uefa's second tier club football competition.

Maurizio Sarri made ten changes to the side that beat City two nil at Stamford bridge, over the weekend. Willy Caballero started in goal, with Welsh wonder kid, Ethan Ampadu, getting the nod alongside Christensen in the heart of the defence. Italians, Zappacosta and Emerson played as right back and left back respectively.

The lively Hudson-Odoi started, as he continues to get more playing time in the Europa League after impressing in last month's fixture against Greek Champions, PAOK, as well as English men, Reuben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley. Alvaro Morata started upfront after failing to get any minute against City.

Brazilian, Willian, drew the first blood for the London club, then an own goal from teenage sensation, Ethan Ampadu, levelled matters for the Hungarians. Nego later gave MOL VIDi the lead in the 56th minute, before French import, Olivier Giroud, who came in for Alvaro Morata before the break, rescued the Blues with a well taken freekick, that ensured the 2013 Europa League winners walk away with a point from Hungary. 

Chelsea will know their opponents in the round of 32, on Monday, when the draws are held. Chelsea will see themselves among the favorites to lift Europe's second most coveted club trophy.

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