Denis Cheryshev has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, Valencia have confirmed.

Russia winger Cheryshev, a star at last year's World Cup, will therefore miss Valencia's appearance in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona next month.

And after helping Valencia down parent club Villarreal in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, he will also be out for their semi-final clash with Arsenal.

Cheryshev, in his second spell at Valencia, has made 27 LaLiga appearances for Marcelino's men this season.

Valencia will now have to decide whether or not to trigger a reported €7million option to buy Cheryshev from Villarreal.

In a club statement, Valencia said tests on Monday found Cheryshev has a "capsuloligamentous injury to his right knee, with a tibial plateau fracture".

Valencia, who have won their last four games in all competitions, are away to Atletico Madrid in the league on Wednesday.

They sit fifth in the LaLiga table, two points outside the Champions League qualification places, with five games to play.

Maurizio Sarri suggested reaching the EFL Cup final with Chelsea this season was just as difficult as Tottenham's run to the Champions League semi-finals.

The Blues beat Liverpool in round three and Tottenham over two legs in the last four of the domestic competition, as well as overcoming Derby County and Bournemouth in-between, before losing on penalties to Manchester City in February's final.

Chelsea are now left battling for fourth place in the Premier League and are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League, courtesy of a 5-3 aggregate win over Slavia Prague, leaving two paths open for next season's Champions League.

Sarri insists qualifying for UEFA's elite club tournament is not the be all and end all for his side, though, and he believes going all the way in continental competition is perhaps not as tough as it is made out, with luck playing a big part.

"I know very well [the] Premier League is very difficult," Sarri said. "For getting in the final of the League Cup, too, we had to play against Liverpool, against Tottenham, the final against Manchester City. It was easier to get to the final of the Champions League, I think."

Tottenham, by comparison, knocked out Borussia Dortmund and Man City to keep their European hopes alive.

"I think many give the Champions League too much importance," Sarri added. "Of course, it is the most important competition for clubs, but it is a competition with straight elimination, so sometimes you need a post in or a post out to qualify or to be eliminated.

"So we need to play very well but you need to be lucky in that competition. I can understand if you stay in the Champions League is another world probably. 

"I have played two times in Champions League and it's clear it's the most important competition for clubs in Europe and as a consequence in the world I think, but it’s a competition in which you need to be lucky."

Chelsea will take on Eintracht Frankfurt over two legs for a place in the final of the Europa League, but before then they face Burnley and Manchester United in the Premier League.

Sarri is not prioritising one competition over the other as the finish line draws into sight.

"At the moment we cannot choose," he said. "We have to try in the Premier League. We have to try in the Europa league. But we want to win the Europa League because it is a very important competition, not because of going in the Champions League. So we have to try to get top four. It's not easy for us because we only play four matches, but we have to try.

"The last four or five matches will be difficult for every team involved in fighting for the top four, not only for us. So we can see some very strange results in the last part of the season. We are going to fight and see at the end."

Sarri, who has come under intense pressure at times in his maiden campaign in English football, expects to have Eden Hazard fit for Monday's clash with Burnley after the Belgian forward left the field early against Slavia Prague as a precaution.

"I spoke to him at half-time and he had a big knock in the leg," Sarri said. "He told me I will try but I'm not sure I will finish the match, so I prefer to change him because we have to play another very important match in three or four days. I think it was better [to take him off].

"I think he will be fit. I have to speak with the doctor, so I am not sure, but my feeling is it is nothing serious."

Unai Emery says Aaron Ramsey could be back in action for Arsenal in the next two to three weeks.

Ramsey had to be substituted during the first half as Arsenal knocked Napoli out of the Europa League, booking a semi-final spot, on Thursday.

With the midfielder set to join Juventus when his contract runs out at the end of the season, there were fears Ramsey had played his last game for the club.

But as Arsenal continue to fight for a place in the Premier League's top four, Emery said Ramsey's hamstring injury is not as serious as initially anticipated.

"His progress this season is amazing," Emery told Sky Sports of the Wales international, who joined Arsenal in 2008.

"At the beginning [of the season], he was a little confused maybe, because he is in the last year of his contract.

"For us, and for me, he is a very important player but his confusion maybe did not help us at some moments in the season - not like his performances now.

"In his last few performances he has been helping us a lot - and in some of the key moments of this season.

"His injury is bad news and I don't know how long he will be out of the team, maybe two or three weeks."

Ramsey will miss Sunday's home game against Crystal Palace, though, with centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos absent through suspension.

Granit Xhaka and Denis Suarez are battling hip and groin injuries to be passed fit in time to face the Eagles.

Arsenal are set to face Valencia for a place in the Europa League final, the Gunners at home in the first leg on May 2 before heading to Spain a week later.

The final could be an all-Premier League affair as the other last-four Europa League clash sees Arsenal's London rivals Chelsea take on Eintracht Frankfurt.

N'Golo Kante says Chelsea are underdogs in their quest to win the Europa League and end Maurizio Sarri's first campaign at the club on a "beautiful" high.

The Blues held off Slavia Prague in their quarter-final tie by claiming a 5-3 aggregate victory, setting up a semi-final with Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.

Sarri has been under immense pressure this season and his team did it the hard way against Slavia, as two quickfire goals from Petr Sevcik early in the second half of Thursday's second leg saw the Czech side move to within two goals of their opponents, after trailing 5-1 at one stage.

Kante admits Chelsea's failure to see out matches with the minimum of fuss is becoming a problem, but progression to the last four is ultimately all that matters for the Frenchman as it keeps the London outfit on course for more silverware.

"It's just something that has happened many times this season and something we need to manage a bit better," he told reporters after the match. "We still have to work on that.

"The most important thing was to qualify. We’ll go into the semi-final with confidence and we hope to qualify for the final. I think it’s important to be in the semi-finals, it was our target.

"We played a good game, it was difficult in the second half but we got what we wanted and we are happy for that. I think [Slavia] worked very well. They tried to push more and scored two beautiful goals. And after that, we managed to hold on to keep the win.

"We can make the season beautiful by winning the Europa League. 

"That’s the only title we can win now, so it would be great to win the Europa League.

Chelsea's reward for beating Slavia is a two-legged tie with Frankfurt for a place in the May 29 final, where one of Arsenal or Valencia will await.

Despite his side's pedigree in the competition, having gone all the way in their only previous Europa League campaign in 2012-13, Kante insists Chelsea cannot be considered the favourites this time around.

"We’re not favourites. We played a good match tonight and we will do all we can to get to the final. But we’re not favourites," he added.

Kante has won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup during his three full seasons in England with Leicester City and Chelsea.

Arsenal are growing stronger thanks to the unflinching belief Unai Emery has in his players, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has said.

The Gunners reached the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday after a 1-0 win over Napoli in Italy secured a 3-0 aggregate victory in the last eight.

With a top-four finish in the Premier League still in their own hands, a positive end to Emery's first season in charge is looking likely.

Maitland-Niles, who has impressed as a right wing-back in recent weeks, says confidence in the squad is growing by the week thanks to the head coach's positive approach.

"He's given us a lot of confidence," the 21-year-old said at the San Paolo. "He's backing us. He's telling us how he believes in us so much and we're believing in each other, even more and more every day.

"We're growing as a team. The team spirit's very high, we all look to each other for inspiration.

"That's what you need from a manager, to pat you back on the back when you don't do well, and when you do do well, pat you on the back even harder and say, 'Look, this is fantastic', and he's just done that throughout the season for me."

Arsenal withstood some heavy Napoli pressure to ease into the last four as they claimed a sixth win and clean sheet in all competitions out of their last seven matches.

Maitland-Niles thinks they are learning to how best to approach two-legged ties to ensure positive results, having lost away matches to BATE and Rennes in the previous rounds.

"You can score as many goals as you want, but if you don't defend properly then that game could go either way, as we saw in the Champions League," he said.

"I think sometimes we need to be like the foreign teams and stick with it for 90 minutes and just grind out results. I think it's going well at the moment."

Next up for the Gunners is Sunday's visit of Crystal Palace.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly refused to be drawn on his future, but played down suggestions he was too good to be in the Serie A.

Koulibaly, 27, has been linked with a move to Manchester United and coach Carlo Ancelotti said the centre-back was worth €150million, but not for sale.

After Napoli lost to Arsenal in the Europa League quarter-finals, the Senegal international was asked if the Serie A was enough for him.

"Why? I grew up in this league. It's the league that made me the player I am today," Koulibaly said.

"To me what matters most is to finish the season well, then we'll see.

"I am sorry because we wanted to go through."

Alexandre Lacazette's first-half goal saw Arsenal beat Napoli 1-0 in the second leg, wrapping up a 3-0 aggregate success.

Koulibaly was saddened by his side's defeat and lamented their first-leg performance in London.

"It's our fault, we should have been a bit tougher, have more anger to score goals, and we didn't have it," he said.

"But at this level, when you do a wrong first half as we did the first leg, it's hard to come back. We saw it tonight and we are very sorry."

Carlo Ancelotti still believes in Napoli's squad as he defended his players after their Europa League defeat to Arsenal.

The Serie A side bowed out in the quarter-finals after a 1-0 loss at home on Thursday saw them suffer a 3-0 aggregate defeat.

Ancelotti, in his first season at the helm, said Napoli needed to push on despite their European disappointment.

"I still believe that the squad is full of quality. The players have done all they could but this is football," he told a news conference.

"At times not everything goes your way. We tried, we look forward, there won't be drama from the players or the club, everyone is united and is trying to bring the club further forward from what we've done this season.

"I don't think Napoli has managed to reach many quarter-finals in European competitions in the past, so our objective is always to improve."

Napoli's exit means no Italian clubs reached the semi-finals in either the Europa League or Champions League.

Ancelotti's focus is still on trying to secure second spot in Serie A, with Napoli seven points clear of third-placed Inter.

"Obviously we are very disappointed to go out of the Europa League. We've failed in this objective and we know it was going to be difficult," he said.

"We know there are no Italian teams in the semi-finals of European competitions. We knew from the start it would be tough.

"This season, on our results, we think we should finish second in Serie A. That's not too little for us.

"We need to prepare well for next season knowing the team has been renewed, and it will be renewed for next season."

Bruno Lage questioned the referee's decision to send him to the stands following the awarding of an offside goal that contributed to Benfica's Europa League exit on Thursday.

The match officials allowed a crucial Filip Kostic strike to stand in the 36th minute despite the Eintracht Frankfurt wing-back clearly being in an offside position when he bundled home the rebound from Mijat Gacinovic's initial shot.

Frankfurt went on to win 2-0 in front of their own fans, levelling the tie at 4-4 on aggregate and advancing to the semi-finals via the away goals rule.

The incident magnified UEFA's move not to employ VAR until the May 29 final in Baku and Benfica boss Lage felt his touchline behaviour towards Italian referee Daniele Orsato did not warrant a dismissal.

"In the Europa League we have a small monitor near the bench and when I looked at it, I easily realised the player was offside," Lage told reporters after the match.

"I took two or three steps towards the fourth official and made the sign for VAR, which was maybe a fault of mine. We are so used to having the video referee.

"That's all it was. I was not offensive. We see so many coaches do more.

"The referee will realise he made a mistake, but we also have to look at our game.

"During the first half, the pressure was not as strong as we wanted. We got better in the second half, we tried to go looking for the result, and unfortunately we failed.

"I believe that although we weren't as strong as in the first leg, we created enough opportunities to qualify."

Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic admitted to taking a measure of enjoyment in the Benfica staff's apparent obliviousness to the absence of VAR.

"It's great that there are some mistakes [left in football]," Bobic said.

"I had to smile a bit because the whole Benfica bench asked for VAR. They should have known that in the Europa League you also have to be a little bit lucky. That's what we got."

Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter added: "You can give the first goal offside, but luck is sometimes needed. We defended well and maybe had the necessary fortune one or two other times."

Valencia coach Marcelino insists the pressure will be on Arsenal when his side take on the Gunners in the Europa League semi-finals.

Toni Lato and Dani Parejo were on target for Los Che as they saw off Villarreal 2-0 on Thursday to secure a comfortable 5-1 aggregate success in the last eight.

Marcelino had been less than impressed by his side's showing in the first leg, but was rewarded by a dominant display at Mestalla.

A last-four meeting against Arsenal – led by three-time Europa League winner and former Valencia boss Unai Emery – is their reward, and Marcelino insists the Premier League side must be considered as the favourites.

"Arsenal fight to get into the Champions League, with a coach who knows us perfectly, they are one of the favourites," Marcelino told a news conference.

"But anything can happen in the semi-finals. At the same time, [the final in] Baku is a long way away."

Valencia endured a difficult start to the campaign, but Marcelino's side sit just three points off the top four in LaLiga, with a Copa del Rey final against Barcelona to come.

"We are proud of the performances of the squad, we are in a semi-final and in a final, and we are one win away from fourth," Marcelino added.

"Winning in Seville [against Real Betis on Sunday] would put us in a very good situation."

Unai Emery is unsure over whether Aaron Ramsey has played his last game for Arsenal after the Juventus-bound midfielder suffered an apparent hamstring injury during Thursday's 1-0 Europa League win over Napoli. 

Alexandre Lacazette's superb free-kick in the 36th minute crowned a 3-0 aggregate triumph for the Gunners but came shortly after a punishing setback for Ramsey. 

The 28-year-old Wales international will end an 11-year association with Arsenal at the end of this season and Emery confirmed he had sustained a muscular injury. 

"Normally it is going to be some weeks out of the team," he told BT Sport. 

"He was in a very good moment. We have other players who have an opportunity also. We need all the players.

"This is something that means we need to use rotation and find the performances."

Asked whether Ramsey had played his last game for the club, Emery replied: "I don't know." 

There were few, if any, other blemishes on an accomplished performance that sets up a semi-final for three-time Europa League winner Emery against his former club Valencia. 

"I grew up a lot in this competition and I think the Europa League gives us a big opportunity, when we cannot play in the Champions League, to do something important," he told his post-match news conference. 

"It's one title but it gives us the opportunity to play in the Champions League next year, when our domestic league has a lot of teams also trying to take this ticket. 

"The Europa League is for us now, with the Premier League, an important competition. 

"I think Napoli, with their supporters, showed us they wanted to do something important here. We won because we worked really well and made a big performance. 

"We showed good personality to play with our idea. We wanted to keep more of the ball but we didn't do all I wanted. 

"In the positional play we were very good and doing good pressing against them because they want to build up possession with combinations.  

"We did big pressure against them and were in their box a lot of moments with the possibility to score." 

Carlo Ancelotti rued a tale of missed chances for his Napoli side, with Arkadiusz Milik and Jose Callejon the main culprits as the tie slipped away. 

"We are not happy, of course, but in the two games where we didn't do too well was the first 20 minutes in the first game," he told BT Sport.

"We tried today and had the opportunities two times. When Arsenal scored it was almost impossible. 

"Of course, then we needed to score four goals and we lost a little bit of confidence. It was important for this game to score quickly. We were unlucky and when they scored the game was finished." 

Ancelotti added: "We missed opportunities. We could score there, we could score here but Arsenal are a fantastic team. We have to look forward." 

Maurizio Sarri is unconcerned by a knock that Eden Hazard sustained in Chelsea's Europa League victory over Slavia Prague on Thursday.

Hazard went down in the early stages at Stamford Bridge but carried on after receiving treatment, though he was eventually taken off in the 65th minute as the Blues held firm to a 4-3 win that sealed a 5-3 aggregate triumph and set up a semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

But Sarri - who saw his side score four in a sensational first half only to concede twice in quick succession after the interval - is confident that Hazard's injury is no major cause for concern.

"Nothing serious, I hope," Sarri told a news conference.

"It's only a strong knock. But I think we can recover him for the next match."

Chelsea welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge on Monday, before a trip to Manchester United in what is a huge clash in the race for the Premier League's top four.

Maurizio Sarri is bemused by Chelsea's recent problems in the second half of matches after they ended up only scraping a 4-3 win over Slavia Prague in the Europa League on Thursday.

Chelsea appeared to be in complete control at half-time at Stamford Bridge, as they had cruised into a 4-1 lead.

But a fine Petr Sevcik brace early in the second period had Slavia on the up and pushing for further goals, as they still needed two more to secure progress to the semi-finals.

Ultimately Chelsea did enough and went through 5-3 aggregate victors, but Sarri was again left baffled by the Blues' second-half woes.

Chelsea's 2-0 defeats to Liverpool and Everton in the Premier League over the last five weeks had all of the goals conceded in the second half, and Sarri is concerned.

"[Chelsea were] very good in the first half, I think. Really, [we played] very well," he told reporters at his post-match news conference.

"As usual in the last two months, we started very badly in the second half. We need a solution. We need to solve this problem.

"In the last 10 matches, we started like in this match [in the second half]. It's a big problem. We have to concede it's a match for qualification, not for three points, but probably at the end of the first half we thought we were qualified.

"But against these opponents, it's not true. They have physical numbers. I have never seen something like that [Slavia's fitness] in the last 20 years.

"The number of accelerations, the metres in high speed, the running... I've never seen anything like that in these opponents.

"So, the second half clearly could be difficult for us, but we did something wrong. In the first 10 or 15 minutes of that half, they scored from 18 metres without being opposed, twice.

"At half-time I told them that the target was to start with the same application and attention in the second half, but we didn't do [it].

"I don't know [why], and it's not easy to understand, otherwise we can solve the problem very easily.

"It's very difficult to understand why. I can try without going into the dressing room at half-time. I can try if that'll solve the problem."

Chelsea will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals, after they beat Benfica 2-0 at home to secure progress on away goals following a 4-4 aggregate draw.

Olivier Giroud believes Chelsea allowed their intensity to drop in the second half of Thursday's 4-3 Europa League win over Slavia Prague and that allowed the visitors to get back into the contest.

The Blues produced a brilliant first-half performance, finding themselves 4-1 up at the break thanks to a Pedro brace, Giroud's strike and a comical Simon Deli own goal.

But Petr Sevcik scored two fine long-range efforts early in the second period, causing the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge to become extremely tetchy towards the end.

Chelsea ultimately did enough to advance 5-3 on aggregate, but their second-half display will have alarm bells ringing and undoubtedly give semi-final opponents Eintracht Frankfurt reason for optimism.

"We started well with good intentions," Giroud told BT Sport. "We have been efficient up front and solid at the back, but we dropped our intensity after the break.

"But this team never gives up and the last 10 minutes was box-to-box. It was a good fight and now we are in the semi-finals."

Not only did Sevcik's brace give Slavia greater encouragement, it proved to be a proud individual moment for him as a Chelsea supporter.

"It was a great experience for me," he is quoted as saying by UEFA. "I am a lifelong fan of Chelsea and it was a fulfilled dream for me.

"I was a bit lucky, especially with my right-footed goal. But two goals against Chelsea, it is a dream."

Laurent Koscielny hailed Arsenal's fighting spirit after they shut down Napoli to book a place in the Europa League semi-finals.

Alexandre Lacazette's 36th-minute free-kick gave Unai Emery's men a 1-0 win at the Stadio San Paolo, completing a dominant 3-0 aggregate triumph. 

The Gunners' game management was particularly impressive as they kept a dangerous Napoli at arm's length for most of the contest and centre-back Koscielny took particular pride in that aspect of their performance. 

"We know Napoli played in the Champions League this season and they are a good team, they have a good squad with good players," Arsenal's captain told BT Sport. 

"We did the job at home to keep the clean sheet and scored some goals. We scored one here and then they needed to score four.

"We respect them and tried to play. We fought as well to defend and suffer together. It is good for the spirit of the team." 

Lacazette's sweetly struck free-kick left Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret rooted and the striker confirmed it was a technique honed diligently on the training ground that brought his 16th goal of the season. 

"Yeah, I've been practicing these free-kicks. I'm happy to score tonight," he told BT Sport, before contemplating a semi-final against Emery's former club Valencia. 

"Yeah, it's exciting," he added. "I can't wait to play against them." 

Alexandre Lacazette fired Arsenal to an accomplished 1-0 win at Napoli as Unai Emery's men cruised into the Europa League semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate. 

The Premier League side began confidently in defence of their first-leg advantage and did not allow a couple of close defensive shaves and a hamstring injury to Aaron Ramsey to throw them off course. 

Lacazette's wonderful 36th-minute free-kick proved the difference on the night, leaving Carlo Ancelotti's hosts with a mountain to climb. 

Arkadiusz Milik's wayward finishing did little to help their cause and Emery can look forward to a semi-final showdown with his former club Valencia. 

It was Napoli who threatened first when Lacazette was dispossessed by Kalidou Koulibaly, who charged forward on the break in the 17th minute and collected Fabian Ruiz's pass to find Jose Callejon.  

Petr Cech denied the ex-Real Madrid forward before Milik fluffed his lines from a close-range header – misses Napoli would regret shortly after the abrupt conclusion to what might prove Ramsey's last Arsenal appearance.  

Nikola Maksimovic fouled Lacazette 25 yards from goal and the France striker dispatched a sweet strike beyond a motionless Alex Meret in the Napoli goal.  

Meret partially atoned for his passivity by making a brilliant save from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Ramsey's replacement Henrikh Mkhitaryan laid on a glorious 48th-minute chance. 

Lorenzo Insigne appeared to be offside when he charged in behind the Arsenal defence to test Cech – the Italy international's last act before being substituted on his 300th Napoli appearance. 

Left-back Faouzi Ghoulam and Callejon both fired wide as the home team tried in vain to build an ambitious final charge. 

Milik's woeful attempt to slide home at the back post with 15 minutes to play summed up his efforts, with Nacho Monreal's carelessly booted clearance straight at Cech arguably the closest Napoli came to a goal. 

What does it mean? Arsenal keep all Champions League avenues open 

Napoli's comfortable cushion in second place in Serie A and virtually guaranteed Champions League qualification might go some way to explaining why Arsenal were far sharper throughout this tie. Emery's team are embroiled in a suffocatingly tight battle for a top-four place in the Premier League, but the Gunners' tactical and technical assurance under a coach with ample pedigree in this competition bodes well for them going all the way to the big prize on offer in Baku next month. 

Laca dead-ball specialist 

Along with Ramsey, Lacazette was pivotal to Arsenal's assured front-foot start – his sharp, intelligent movement pinning Napoli back and disarming the hosts' ambitions to land an early blow. After seeing his defence then absorb some pressure, Lacazette won and converted the game-breaking opportunity with aplomb. 

Milik's outing turns sour 

By contrast, Ancelotti's main striker was granted two clear openings and erred badly. A team of Napoli's attacking talents would not have expected to go through this tie goalless, and Poland international Milik must take his share of the blame. 

What's next  

Arsenal host Crystal Palace on Sunday as their battle for a top-four place in the Premier League continues, while Juventus could be Serie A champions by the time Napoli welcome top-four aspirants Atalanta. 

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