Analysing Chelsea's Europa League Contenders

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Analysing Chelsea's Europa League Contenders
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Which sides have their sights set on the Europa League

It's certainly not the European prize that Chelsea envisaged themselves competing for this season, but following the meek surrender of their Champions league crown, the Blues will now have to re-tune their attention to battling for the Europa League.

With most of the continent's attention being focused on Champions League last 16 ties at Celtic Park, the Santiago Bernabeu and the Donbass Arena, current holders of the competition Chelsea have slipped under the radar in preparation to make their Europa bow against Sparta Prague.

But as Manchester United and Manchester City found to their cost last season, demotion to the continent's second rung of club competition does not mean there's any let up in quality.

No English side has won the Europa League or UEFA Cup for over ten years now, and although Chelsea are amongst the bookies favourites to end that run, they'll have to find a way past some talented teams.

I take a look at eight sides that will all have their eyes on Europe's second most prestigious club prize.

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