Yet it works in one way or another. A club that seems to be constantly on the brink of crisis, losing a manager, getting the next one, arguing in training, sometimes debating in the final: but chaos brings order.
This is Chelsea & # 39; s third major European trophy since 2012. At that time, 20 percent of UEFA's biggest prizes went to Stamford Bridge. How they do it, in the midst of what many would consider unrest, nobody can know for sure.
Eden Hazard scored two goals, scored a new one. Almost certainly, he leaves for Real Madrid. Maurizio Sarri won the first major trophy of his coaching career, continuing with the club's recovery to the Champions League in its first season outside of Italian football. He could probably leave in all respects.
Chelsea defeated Arsenal 4-1 in Baku, Azerbaijan, thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Pedro and a support from Eden Hazard
Giroud broke the deadlock in the second half, stooped low and converted a header to give Chelsea the lead
The attempt by Giroud gave Petr Cech far too much speed. He could not pass the ball to the right goal
Pedro quickly doubled Chelsea's advantage and flew home after a smart training run wide by Eden Hazard
Pedro and Hazard led the Chelsea celebrations after leaving Arsenal on two major goals in the Olympic Stadium
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley, 76) Pedro (Willian, 71), Giroud, Hazard (Zappacosta, 89).
Subs not used: Caballero, Cumming, Alonso, Higuain, Cahill, Ampadu, Gallagher, McEachran.
goals: Giroud 49, Pedro 60, Hazard 65, 72.
Arsenal: Cech, Papastathopoulos, Koscielny, Monreal (Guendouzi, 66), Maitland-Niles, Torreira (Iwobi, 67) Xhaka, Kolasinac, Lacazette, Ozil (Willock, 77), Aubameyang.
Subs not used: Leno, Iliev, Elneny, Lichtsteiner, Iwobi, Mustafi, Welbeck, Jenkinson, Nketiah, Saka.
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi
The owner of Juventus, Sarri's suitors, was photographed in Chelsea & # 39; s hotel prior to this competition, in consultation with chairman Bruce Buck. They could have talked about the Champions League and UEFA. Still bizarre.
Yet it works in one way or another. Despite these noises, Chelsea swept Arsenal off the field in Baku & # 39; s Olympic Stadium.
After a slow start they found their game and from that moment there was only one winner. The Premier League table suggests that Chelsea is a better team than Arsenal, and it is, the first European final of all time.
Certainly, Arsenal does not have a player in Hazards class or a group with Chelsea & # 39; s desire for the fight. They can be a capricious fate and managers have failed – including Sarri, sometimes – but no English club collects trophies like Chelsea did in the Roman Abramovich era. In the last eight European seasons, they have won more major UEFA titles than Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, AC Milan and Liverpool – all royalties.
And they are the first team to win the Europa League in its current, tiring Thursday night format without losing a game.
A large part of the honor must go to Sarri. If Unai Emery could organize his Arsenal defense with the same efficiency, he would not have lost his first Europa League draw since the 2012 semi-final with Valencia.
It was a bad day for that run to end, too. Chelsea had already qualified for the Champions League because of the competitive position, but Arsenal needed this to make the leap. Eventually they looked crushed by the challenge and will join Manchester United and Wolves in the second level of Europe.
Once Chelsea passed, Arsenal collapsed. They went down a goal after 49 minutes and 15 minutes later followed by three.
Hazard then marked his display with a goal through one of his trade fines that steered Cech the wrong way
Alex Iwobi gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope with a sensational volley from the edge of the penalty area
Kepa remained helpless when Iwobi & # 39; s lightning bolt flew into the farthest corner and gave Arsenal hope for a kickback
But Hazard then scored his second and fourth from Chelsea by completing a major attack to make the game safe
Giroud points to his teammate during the celebrations while Hazard & # 39; s double took the game away from Arsenal
Hazard & # 39; s double ensured that Chelsea closed the season with a trophy in what is likely to be his last game for the club
Helping Hazard helps. That he had such an influence on this game, while it was probably not in his top 30 for the club – perhaps not his top 10 this season – only served to emphasize how much he will miss. He had a normal first half, became more influential shortly before half-time and then ran the game.
He was the best Chelsea player. In short, as soon as he started shooting, Chelsea did so for so many games, even seasons, that his impending absence can only be a source of concern, regardless of financial compensation.
Less talismanic, but no less influential on this campaign, was Olivier Giroud. He was very productive in Europe this year – 11 goals are the most single player for an English club since Alan Shearer for Newcastle in 2004-05. He also started this route with the best goal of the night.
It came four minutes after the break and a largely forgettable first half. Chelsea had ended it stronger and the momentum was growing.
Likewise, the defense of Arsenal is poor and has looked vulnerable at key moments in the season. So it was here. Emerson hit a low, flat cross from the left and Giroud came much too easily for Laurent Koscielny to score a nice curved head past Petr Cech.
Koscielny is the best defender of Arsenal in recent years, but his reputation is undoubtedly elevated by the weakness around him. It was Giroud & # 39; s first goal against his former club and he would have found it considerably more difficult against a more resilient opposition.
Cech, who started his last game as a professional, had previously made a brilliant low, except Giroud in the first half
Giroud sent in from the edge of the penalty area, but Arsenal keeper Cech came over well to clear the ball away
Emerson went close to Chelsea & # 39; s first chance, while Cech defeated his fierce blow in the penalty area
Granit Xhaka went close to giving Arsenal the lead when his long-range rocket narrowly flew over the crossbar
Worse followed. In the 60th minute, Mateo Kovacic played the ball out to Hazard on the left and he cut it back for Pedro, unmarked just 12 meters from goal. He didn't get the cleanest connection, but he pushed and bobbled his way past Cech and into the far corner. Go, go …
Away. It was a shame for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the only Englishman in the starting line-ups, that he gave away a clumsy penalty for a foul on Giroud, but he did it, so there it is. Hazard stepped on and gave the ball into the net, to the left, with Cech heading in the wrong direction.
After a fine Alex Iwobi had shot from outside the area, he had thought of another amazing comeback from an English team in Europe, Chelsea called on to crush that fantasy. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lost the ball cheaply in midfield, Hazard found Giroud, made good ground for the return and then tapped the ball into the net from close by.
It is a shame that so few of their own fans were here to see it. Baku is not a venue for a match of this size and Chelsea had received even more tickets than Arsenal. As a result, the occasion did not seem like a European final, apart from the overarching suspicion that it was planned and choreographed by folk with no sense of football at all.
From the rows of empty seats to the lack of real traveling support, to the gigantic bowl of a stadium that looks so impressive from the highway, but once inside is cold and soulless – this cannot be regarded as anything less than a serious failure by the UEFA.
Alexandre Lacazette became tumbling through a challenge from Kepa but a penalty was not awarded to Arsenal
Midfielder N & # 39; Golo Kante was fit to play for Chelsea, despite doubts about his condition due to a knee injury
Hazard was subdued in the first half during what is generally expected to be his last appearance before Chelsea
The last hope was that if English fans had rejected Baku as a location, the locals would be engaged. Not so. This was anything but a sale, with significant vacancies, even in those areas that were clearly reserved for Azeri's sales.
And while UEFA desperately rejects the rejection of the wider football family – sponsors, as the rest of the world knows it – it didn't feel as business-like as previous finals.
Cities become madhouses when the biggest competitions come to the city. In Baku yesterday it was pretty many things as usual. At the local metro in the early evening, a few hours before the kick-off, there was no question of the usual buzz, no view of fans walking around in anticipation as usual.
Early in the evening, many more people left the commuter arena than were drawn to it. And after 45 minutes they appeared the smart one.
Arsenal finally froze. Maybe the pressure to need this to reach the Champions League was too big, maybe Hazard just contained a little too much. Anyway, the inescapable conclusion is that they are somewhat far away from the elite of England, let alone of Europe.
As for Sarri, he now has options. Juventus will be impressed, but so should his current employers. In the end, the heroic smoker produced a big cigar from his pocket and proudly showed it to his celebrating colleagues. He seemed ready to light it up at that moment; he seemed about five of them ready to light.
And he should do that too. Third place, Champions League football and a European trophy is an excellent first season. Now try to do it without danger. He will earn all the Montecristos in Havana if he gives that a chance.
Kepa flew on his cross at his first post in the opening change, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rejected the rebound
Arsenal striker Aubameyang drilled wide the resulting chances when they looked to get a foothold over Chelsea early
There were rows of empty seats around the Olympic Stadium in Baku, with fans struggling to make the long journey
But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was one of the spectators in the crowd to see his party in action for the final
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