Chelsea team is through to the Europa League knockout round with Arsenal and Lazio after their 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon. Last season, finalists Marseille are out from the game. Olivier Giroud finished his drought in the game by scoring the goal, the same goal that leads Chelsea 1-0 win on BATE Borisov on Thursday, getting a place in the Europa League knockout stage with two group games available.

Giroud did not score any goal for Chelsea from the past six months, but he is aware of how its net opposite BATE. Last season, France was ahead of goal in both matches against the Belarusian champion when he played for London competitor Arsenal in the second tier competition of Europe. After the 0-0 home draw, the Arsenal made it through the draw was against Sporting marred by Danny Welbeck's injury. The disposable parker was carried on a stretcher after proving to maintain an ankle injury. He was in need oxygen before being taken to the hospital.

Nine-man Lazio tumbled to a 4-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt after two goals from Danny Da Costa and further strikes by Filip Kostic and Luka Jovic held the German club on top of Group H. Lazio had settled through Marco Parolo, but then had Dusan Basta and Joaquin Correa sent out before the hour mark. AC Milan slipped back after signing up early to send Olympiakos 3-1 to San Siro in the Europa League Group F.

Miguel Guerrero grabbed a guinea pig for the visitors only for the Italian giants to drive crazy with a jacket by Patrick Cutrone and one from Gonzalo Higuain. Bayer Leverkusen fought back from a goal down to seal a 4-2 victory over AEK Larnaca at BayArena. Bundesliga outfit swatted aside their poor domestic form to overtake Ivan Trickovsky's opening through strikes by Kai Havertz, Lucas Alario (two) and Julian Brandt, with Dimitris Raspas climbing a second for the Cypriots.

A former coach of Serie A side AC Milan ArrigoSacchi opines that the club can compete with serial champions Juventus as the new term gets underway. He admitted that Juventus were the favourites but he believed that manager GennaroGattuso can make an impact this season.

Sacchi says Gattuso is “a great person and exceptional professional” with the ability to bring about a leap in quality. He is confident that this will make Milan a “real surprise of the Championship” and help them really put up a challenge for the Scudetto this season.

Lazio, the Serie A Italian club, is working round the clock to pry away Alex Iwobi who is the Super Eagles youngster from Arsenal, part of the club. The news outlet ilmessaggero.it issued the news where they stated that Lazio has lined up this move for the 22-year-old as well as his teammate from the Gunners, Lucas Perez. They are also considering options such as Joaquin Correa of Sevilla’s as well as Angel Correa from Atletico Madrid.

The recruitment plans of Lazio involve recruiting the Nigerian who would become a replacement player for Felipe Anderson; the latter has left this summer to join the Premier League club, West Ham. The club transfer fees for his transfer is 36 million pounds.

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi has said that the club have their destiny in their own hands with victories in their remaining league games assuring them of Champions League football. The Capital outfit have a tricky fixture against Torino this weekend and Inzaghi has urged his players to maintain the focus on the current fixture.

Lazio has placed an incredible price of € 150 million on midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic amidst interest from Manchester United. The Red Devils are reportedly ready to make a move for the Serbian midfielder, who has caught the attention of several top European clubs in the last 12 months.

The representative of Ciro Immobile has suggested that the 27-year-old would have run to Napoli, had the Serie A leaders approached for his signature earlier in his career. The Italy international returned to the Serie A during the summer of 2016 following an average spell with Borussia Dortmund where he managed just 10 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions.

In a report covered by Football Italia, agent Marco Sommella said that Immobile would have accepted a move to Napoli with both hands, if they had enquired for his services while at Dortmund. However, he does not believe his client will pursue a fresh challenge in the summer, should Lazio achieve their objectives for the season.

Lucas Leiva has revealed that his move to Lazio was initiated by “the need for a new challenge” but also confessed that he was very close to a move to Inter Milan in the past.

The former Liverpool stalwart who spent a decade at Anfield was bought by the Serie A club in the summer a season a replacement for Lucas Biglia but he then implied that he would have played in Italian football had Roberto Mancini had his way when he was a manager at Inter Milan.

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi claims that striker Ciro Immobile is starting to display his all-round talent in the game.


The 27-year-old came to the club from Sevilla just around a year ago for only around € 8.7 million. However, he came in with a spectacular 23 goals in his first season at the club. At the start of the 2017-18 campaign, he has been able to improve even more. He has been able to score 12 goals in all competitions already. And it has helped Lazio make significant progress in the league table.

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi says that he needs the help of more signings in order to take the club back into the Champions League or even Europa League on a regular basis.


The club managed to win the Super Cup by beating reigning Italian Serie A champions Juventus at the start of the season. Despite this hugely positive result, Simone Inzaghi says that Lazio may not be well prepared for the upcoming campaign, as the club will also have to deal with the exertions in the Europa league. Last season, the club managed a fifth place finish – seven points ahead of AC Milan and eight of Inter Milan. Yet, both clubs have significantly strengthened in the summer and will be aiming for the top three positions.

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