Giroud warns Chelsea: Future super-sub? No chance!

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"The potential of Loftus-Cheek is very high".

The Blues have lost three of their past four away matches in the Premier League but are still four points better off than under Antonio Conte at this stage last season. "So, for me, it will be very hard to play against them in Naples".

The 19-year-old Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov's 85th-minute effort looked set to dump out the Spaniards on away goals, but Portugal global Guedes came off the bench to send Valencia through.

"I feel a lot of trust and belief from the manager, I get on very well with him".

Giroud took his tally to nine in nine Europa League starts this season, where he has been a near ever present for Chelsea.

"I thought he was terrific", Walker said.

Sports Mole looks at how Chelsea could line up for Sunday's Premier League visit to Everton, which could see them move level with fourth-placed Arsenal. Four very interesting quarter-final ties, with Arsenal v Napoli looking to be the clash of the round.

Insigne is of course the biggest miss for the Serie A side, as a vital source of creativity and goals - as well as leadership since Marek Hamsik left to play out his career in the Chinese Super League.

Giroud's triple took him top of the overall goalscoring charts for this year's competition, as Chelsea raced into the quarter-finals with a 5-0 win in Ukraine and an 8-0 aggregate scoreline.

Maurizio Sarri, however, got his wish as Chelsea avoided his old club Napoli in Friday's quarter-final draw, earning a favourable tie against Slavia Prague instead.

For Insigne, the Italian will now be unable to represent his country during the worldwide break and crucially for all three it will be a race against time for the Arsenal clash on April 11th.

"Of course, an Arsenal final sounds good from the British side of things".

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