Benfica vs. Chelsea: The Key Battles to Decide the Europa League Final

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Benfica vs. Chelsea: The Key Battles to Decide the Europa League Final
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Battle: Former Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic tackles Juan Mata in last year's Champions League semifinal

After last season's magnificent Champions League triumph, Chelsea would have been hoping to emulate their success by retaining the coveted prize.

But after falling at the group stage, they will be more than happy with their progress in the less-celebrated Europa League after entering at the Last-16 stage.

However, if they are to get their hands on another European trophy, Chelsea will need to overcome a team they only met last season, Portuguese Liga leaders Benfica.

The Blues overcame the Eagles 3-1, on aggregate, in the Champions League semifinal with a vital away goal from Salomon Kalou proving decisive as they made their way to the final.

But their coach, Jorge Jesus, will know that his side has played a significantly fewer number of games than their jaded opponents and will no doubt be hoping to use that to the capital club's advantage.

It promises to be a tightly-contested clash at the Amsterdam Arena, and here, we look at which battles in the game could be key to deciding the tie.

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