Two finals and Champions League qualification for Chelsea, but doubts remain over Sarri
Amid chaos and talk of sackings and mutiny, Maurizio Sarri is standing tall in the Chelsea dugout having now delivered a top-four finish and two finals, as his side beat Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties in the Europa League semi-final.
Eden Hazard stepped up in what could well be his final bow in a Chelsea shirt at Stamford Bridge to book a date with Arsenal in Baku from the penalty spot.
Kepa Arrizabalaga chipped in with two saved penalties to help put an end to the 210 minute contest against the German hopefuls.
It is fair when you look back on Chelsea’s journey to their second Europa League final to say that they have had favourable draws, but as so many have failed to do in a year of European shocks, the club could only beat those put in front of them and avoid the upsets.
Chelsea were favourites for this competition from the outset but they held their nerve and will now get another shot at a trophy.
Sarri has now delivered what many might have expected of him, but getting a little taste of glory in what was always going to be a transitional year would be great for this group of players.