He was, as all of Stamford Bridge knew in their bones, never going to miss. Eden Hazard may never strike another ball in competition in a home shirt at Stamford Bridge and if there was one man you could rely on to decide a semi-final shoot-out then it was the penalty assassin par excellence.
The game had been through 120 minutes and was in the final penalty of the first ten, the time was 10.48pm and the nerve of this marvellous Eintracht Frankfurt team had finally gone. They had missed their two previous penalties and walking towards the Shed End was Hazard, a man who can send a goalkeeper the wrong way just by looking into the other corner. His finish sent Chelsea to the Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku on May 29.
They also had reason to be grateful for the efforts of their goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who saved twice in the penalty shoot-out, first from defender Martin Hinteregger and then substitute Goncalo Paciencia after Chelsea had originally fallen behind. Their captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who did not have his best night, took the second penalty which was saved by Kevin Trapp and briefly placed triumph within Eintracht’s grasp.
It was, perhaps, a blessing that, as penalties drew closer, Sarri had exhausted his supply of three regulation substitutes, as well as the bonus extra-time change, and so there was no attempt to bring on goalkeeper Willy Caballero and risk a repeat of Arrizabalaga’s League Cup final refusal.
Chelsea made such hard work of it and it remains hard to call who might come out top in this all-Premier League final. It should be Chelsea on league form alone but still they are repeating the mistakes they have made for much of the season. In particular their lacklustre starts to the second half of games, which is driving their manager Maurizio Sarri to distraction.
The Chelsea manager would not go onto the pitch to talk to his players at the end of the regulation 90 minutes and then again before the penalties, a consequence of another one of his tiresome superstitions. He had seen his team take the lead in the first half when Hazard stroked a ball through the German side’s back four and Ruben Loftus-Cheek ran onto it to score with notable composure.
This was by no means among the most accomplished European opponents Chelsea have faced in their golden years of this century but given this first taste of glory in more than a generation, Eintracht responded magnificently. Their attacking trio of Croatian World Cup hero Ante Rebic, and the Serbs Mijat Gacinovic and Luka Jovic caused problems all night and it was the latter, a prolific Bundesliga goalscorer this season, who got the goal that pulled the tie level in the second half.
For much of the game, Sarri was in his usual nicotine-deprivation rage, and the players responded in kind. Willian was indifferent to his manager’s conciliatory pat on the arm when he was substituted in the second half, although that did feel like the right call from the Italian. The home crowd booed Sarri’s decision later to replace Loftus-Cheek, and if this tie had gone the wrong way then there would have been many more recriminations aimed at the Chelsea manager.
But Sarri’s team have got all the way to the final and should they end the season with a European trophy, a third place finish in the Premier League as well as reaching that League Cup final in February it will feel like a good return. Enough for Sarri, potentially, to stick around to lead his team into a new season with the uncertainty of that two-window Fifa transfer ban hanging over the club and the possibility that Hazard will be on his way.
A tough night for Eintracht chasing a dream in their first European semi-finals since 1980, a run that saw them win the Uefa Cup. Their supporters in the Shed End remained afterward to commiserate with their team and as Stamford Bridge emptied it was clear that there were pockets of away support all over the stadium. In the end their team simply did not have the quality to finish off Chelsea when the chances presented themselves.
It began with a banner in the Matthew Harding stand dedicated to Hazard as a precaution taken in case this happens to be the last time that the little maestro darts and twists his way around Stamford Bridge. How Hazard saw the pass for the goal was a mystery. He never hesitated as he turned and played the ball down an inside left channel that Eintracht had failed to close. Loftus-Cheek came around the ball to take it on his right, outside the left hand of goalkeeper Trapp and inside the far corner.
There had been other chances too, a block from the former Japan international Makoto Hasebe on the line from David Luiz’s glancing header. Then Chelsea started the second half cold and within four minutes Jovic had his second goal of the tie. It was his lay-off to Gacinovic that began it, and Luiz went after the ball instead of staying with his man. Jovic got the return pass and never looked like he would do anything other than clip the ball past an isolated Arrizabalaga.
For a while after the goal Chelsea were truly struggling. With less than 20 minutes left Andreas Christensen went down with injury and there was no other specialist centre-half on the bench other than Gary Cahill, the one man Sarri simply will not countenance. So instead he called for Davide Zappacosta, a right-back, and shuffled Azpilicueta into the centre. What Cahill made of it, one can only guess.
Azpilicueta’s wild challenge on Gacinovic later could easily have warranted a red card, and even then one would be doubtful whether Cahill would have been called upon. His team running out of energy, Azpilicueta thought he had won the tie in the 26th minute of extra-time when he dislodged the ball from the grasp of goalkeeper Trapp and scored - but it was disallowed. Then to the penalties when Ross Barkley, Jorginho, and Luiz all scored for Chelsea before Hazard finished the job.
It's a little bit of luck. Today we win, in the other [game] we lose. We prepare all the penalty shooters and we are also lucky today. I learn from Wembley. I say sorry but today is another semi-final and we are very happy to go to the Baku final. We have very strong final, a London derby. I think our season was a little bit difficult but we are in two finals and qualified for the Champions League so it's been good.
Chelsea win the penalty shootout 4-3
Two saves from Kepa and proper cojones of stone from Jorginho and David Luiz after their Wembley misses. Hazard delivers the coup de grace.
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Chelsea 4-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
It's Eden Hazard. Could be his last kick at the Bridge. Scores! Chelsea are in the Europa League final!!!!!
Chelsea 3-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Pacienca, the late sub. Saved! Kepa to his right!
Chelsea 3-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
David Luiz scores, bottom left, Unsaveable.
Chelsea 2-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Hinteregger. The manager's compatriot. Saved! Straight at the keeper who stands still and block it with his legs. Closing the nutcracker on the nutmeg.
Chelsea 2-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Jorginho walks up. Nerveless. Skips up with a hitch and slots it into the bottom left.
Chelsea 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
De Guzman scores, sending Kepa the wrong way.
Chelsea 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Captain Azpilicueta. Saved! Tame but precise and to the keeper's left. Good save. Off his line.
Chelsea 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Luka Jovic. Just in. Bottom left. Kepa gets a hand to it.
Chelsea 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Barkley steps up. Scores. Whacks it into the top left.
Chelsea 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Scores, rolls it to the keeper's right. Sits him down.
Chelsea will go first
And it will take place in front of the Eintracht fans. Haller walks up
A penalty shootout will decide who plays Arsenal in Baku. Azerbaijan or bust. Jorginho and David Luiz were thwarted in the League Cup final shootout. Will they take the long walk again?
Davdi Luiz, who has been indomitable in the air tonight, heads it clear.
Kovacic muscles Haller off the ball, arriving from the side. Frankfurt free-kick wide on the right, about 35 yards out.
Pedro has a shot form 20 yards that hits Abraham's shins. Two more minutes to be added.
Chelsea fans have been stirred by the goal that wasn't. So some good done, then. Chelsea drive up the left.
Frankfurt sub: Gonzalo Pacienca for Gacinovic.
Hazard hits the first man and then whips in a better cross. Trapp goes up to catch, doesn't really have it under control as he is hit by Azpilicueta's arm and he drops it on to the Chelsea captain's shoulder and goes over the line. He runs off in celebration but the referee brings it back for a foul on the keeper. Azpilicueta's arm struck the keeper's chest while he was trying to catch it but not sure it was a foul. No VAR.
Jorginho plays a neat diagonal to Zappacosta who thunders a right-foot shot from 22 yards. Trapp leaps to his left and tips it over. Chelsea corner.
Zappacosta runs round the back on the right when the ball is knocked over from the left. Hinteregger stops the cross, booting it behind and Haller heads away Hazard's poor corner.
Emerson peels away down the left, cuts in and larrups a left-foot shot that Trapp dives low to save. The rebound heads back to the left-back and he darts towards it but Hinteregger has spotted the danger and dives in to make a splendid, bone-crunching block tackle. Both are hurt but eventually run off the knocks after treatment.
Hazard takes it, too long, and saps the momentum.
Chelsea fans' agitation is palpable. Even when they break, Zappacosta cannot make the overload count and his cross hits Falette. Chelsea corner.
David Luiz blocks Da Costa's crpss and Eintracht have another corner which they again take short to De Guzman and his cross is header clear by David Luiz. Higuain, who has looked like he's marching to a different drummer today, can't make the ball stick and concedes possession with a shonky touch
The game is slipping away from Chelsea who look out on their feet at times. It is their 60th game of the season so it's understandable.
Haller meets the corner by the penalty spot and steers a header towards the top left corner. Zappacosta backed off cleverly with the ball in the air to cover the post and headed it away. Chelsea are living on their nerves, hanging on in extra-time so far.
Kostic runs at Pedro who slips. Kovacic steps in to mop up. Da Costa picks the ball up on the overlap down the right, picked out by Gacinovic. His cross strikes Emerson and goes out for a corner.
Hazard buys a free-kick off De Guzman by running straight at him. It's 30 yards from goal, about 10 in from the touchline. Trapp punches Hazard's back-post cross clear.
Barkley lets fly from 28 yards and whacks a riser wide of the right post.
David Luiz saves Chelsea with a brilliant goalline clearance. Haller, whose first match back after eight out with injury this is, scuffs his left-foot half-volley from 12 yards after Kostic's terrific run down the left and cross. Kepa, stranded and beaten by the unusual connection, looks over his shoulder in relief to see David Luiz slide in and hook it clear.
It's been all Eintracht Frankfurt as far as noise is concerned tonight. Apart from the jeers that greeted the decision to take off RLC.
Frankfurt corner. They go short again and Hasebe, who is 35 and tired, makes a hash of his control. Chelsea scurry forward, five vs three, and Higuain bombs down the right then ruins it with a shoddy pass intended for Hazard that strikes Falette. What a waste.
Chelsea make their additional extra-time sub: Higuain replaces Giroud.
Chelsea corner after Zappacosta's cross is blocked. Hazard takes from the right and fizzes a cross towards the penalty spot. Azpilicueta meets it and booms a header over the bar.
Chelsea raid up the left with Hazard and Barkley who delays a diagonal pass intended for Pedro long enough to incite the No11's ire. When Frankfurt clear Barkley has another bite and bends a forceful shot over the angle of post and crossbar.
Frankfurt take the corner to the back post, looking for Falette but it arcs out for a goalkick. Falette hits the deck when caught by Barkley's hand.
Who will join Arsenal in the final? No further changes. Eintracht free-kick after Barkley wipes out Hasebe in a challenge. Pedro then clatters into Gacinovic. The free-kick leads to a corner when Azpilicueta blocks Jovic's shot.
Extra time, here we come.
Awkward bounce surprises Azpilicueta and he handles. De Guzman arrows the free-kick into the box and David Luiz heads it behind for a corner. Still time? Yes.
Hazard bends the corner straight down Trapp's throat. Sarri throws his arms out wide.
Chelsea free-kick on the right. Taken quickly and slipped towards the corner flag for Zappacosta whose cross is hoofed clear. Back comes Hazard and his cross is knocked behind for a corner.
Frankfurt substitution: Haller replaces Rebic.
De Guzman stands on Hazard's ankle. Chelsea free-kick and yellow card. Wide left. Eintracht defend Barkley's header competently at the 18-yard line.
Both sides are tiring. We have had as couple of injuries so five minutes are added on.
Jovic has two bites at mounting an attack on the box before Azpilicueta heads the cross clear.
Giroud finally leathers a shot rather than flicking one. From about 15 yards he takes it on his right, switches to his left and throws off Abraham to smash a low one at goal. Trapp swoops low to block.
Zappacosta overhits a right-foot diagonal and floats it down Trapp's throat.
Chelsea substitution. Loftus-Cheek is being replaced and the crowd boos loudly at Sarri's judgment. Derision at the decision. Ross Barkley is sent on in his stead.
De Guzman takes and hits the top of the wall.
Azpilicueta concedes a second free-kick in 30 seconds by yanking Jovic's shoulder as the forward tries to spin him. It's about 22 yards out, left of centre.
Dirty foul from Azpilicueta on Gacinovic sliding in and planting his studs into his shin pad. The referee should have let Eintracht play on as they had three against two but he pulled it back for the free-kick and yellow card.
Abraham fouls Pedro who was buzzing around. They take the free-kick short and Jorginho and Kovacic make a right Horlicks of it. Rebic rips it free and bombs forward. His hesitancy ruins the attack, though.
Loftus-Cheek bails out Jorgensen who was not expecting a pass in the D and miscontrolled it. Loftus-Cheek gobbles up the loose ball and strides upfield before sending hazard down the inside-left route. He spots Zappacosta bullocking towards the box and tees it up perfectly. Zappacosta nails it first-time, drilling a low shot from 22 yards that Trapp spills but there's no blue shirt there to tap in the rebound.
You can either say Sarri has the courage of his convictions regarding Cahill or is a stubborn old goat. Nigel Spackman is adamant he should have gone for the club captain. Chelsea free-kick, wide on the left, two yards in from the whitewash. Hazard takes and floats it 30 yards beyond the back post. No pace on it so when Giroud connects and tries to impart some, it slips off his brow and booms over the bar.
Christensen lands awkwardly for the second time and takes a bang on the back. Cahill is the obvious replacement and takes off his top but Sarri doesn't rate him and will send on Zappacosta instead, shifting Azpilicueta inside.
David Luiz has a dig from 30 yards, hooping a right-footer wide at chest height. Trapp waves it on its way as it scuds into the electronic hoardings.
Frankfurt substitution: De Guzman replaces Rode, racing on to help defend a Chelsea corner, earned by Emerson's low cross.
Rode hyper-extends his right knee and looks in agony. He goes off for treatment and Chelsea attack the 10-men.
Emerson and Hazard combine better going forward. The left-back is played down the wing and he takes on Da Costa, beats him to the byline then toe-pokes a cross to the near post that Giroud, who seems to have forgotten that there are other ways to score than flicking it with his right foot, knocks it out for a goalkick.
Emerson, abandoned by Hazard, can't deal with Rebic and Da Costa by himself and Eintracht know it so keep diverting the ball down their right.
Willian treats Sarri to a Medusa stare when his number is held up. On comes Pedro. Straight into defensive duties for the Spain winger as Kostic sprints down the left and threatens to get in behind the Chelsea back four until Kovacic makes an excellent tackle.
Pedro is ready to come on, seconds after an After you, Claud moment in the Eintracht box. Azpilicueta charges down the right, hgets to the byline, zips in a low cross that Trapp pushes away from goal at full stretch and Giroud and Hazard were on their heels rather than following in. Twenty seconds later Rebic slices a shot wide form 25 yards.
Volley from Gacinovic 15 yards out, cutting his boot across the ball hemakes it swerve violently as it approaches Kepa who can't risk dropping it so punches it clear.
Still no substitutions from Sarri. If he sends on Barkley for Kovacic, substitution by rote style, expect the Chelsea fans to explode in exasperation.
David Luiz sprays a pass 50 yards from left to right. Willian is in acres of space and traps the pass before haring towards the box. He can shoot but is too diffident and tries to roll it to Giroud, giving Trapp time to race out and snaffle it.
Kovacic clatters into Falette and goes in the book.
Chance for Giroud after a slick counter-attack involving Willian and Hazard. The centre-forward was striding into the box to meet the pass, maybe 18 yards out and hits it with the outside of his right instead of a more natural body shape which would have entailed shooting with his left. He bends the improvised shot around the right post and out for a goalkick.
Well, well, well. Hasebe chipped a 40-yard pass up to Jovic by the 18-yard line. he lays it off with his chest to Gacinovic who threads the return behind Christensen and David Luiz to leave Jovic one-on-one. The full-backs should have tucked in to cover but the run was so well-timed Jovic has only Kepa to beat and slots his shot into the bottom left corner.
Chelsea 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (Jovic)
Big Frankfurt shout for a penalty, turned down but it doesn't matter ...
Quick start from Frankfurt though this thrust is thwarted by the slippery surface. The curse of watering pitches on a day when it's been absolutely siling it down all day in London anyway.
Off we go. No changes. Eintracht attack straight up the middle, Gacinovic taking it through the inside-right channel until he feeds it to Jovic who lays it off to Kostic stepping in from the left. He hurries his shot as Azpilicueta slides into block and strikes it into the Chelsea captain.
Chelsea kept rattling the key in the lock until they opened up Eintracht Frankfurt's defence. They're not a dazzling side but they are an intelligent one.
Nigel Spackman urges Frankfurt to revert to a back four to stop Chelsea exploiting the space down the left in particular. The triangles between Hazard, Emerson and Loftus-Cheek are causing havoc.
Loftus-Cheek makes a cynical/tactical/professional foul to stop Eintracht Frankfurt and Hasebe launching a counter from a well-defended corner.
Filthy foul from Falette on Willian, raking down the back of his calf. Free-kick and yellow card. Then Rode is booked for a hack at Giroud following a block. Chelsea were allowed to play on and earn a corner.
Eintracht Frankfurt's principal strategy is to hound Jorginho, forcing him to hurry his offloads and make mistakes. It's an effective tactic, as Everton showed, Jovic intercepts his blind pass and shifts it to Rebic, 20 yards out. David Luiz races out to block his shot and sends him flying, too, as a bonus.
Mijat Gacinovic has hardly been on the ball yet and Kostic, too, is isolated. Everything is going through Rebic who looks a little rusty.
Jorginho's pass is picked off and but for Rebic's clumsy foul on Azpilicueta, Chelsea would have been under siege in their own box.
Chelsea pass it around the back, content to hold on to it until they are ready to begin probing again.
Frankfurt corner played short to Hasebe who is the deepest man and the wrong option. Chelsea race forward to hound him and he has to knock it all the way back to Trapp.
Fantastic - Chelsea have been invading the space behind the wing-backs for the past 10 minutes. Hazard holds off Rode who was trying to help out Da Costa, rolls him then laces a pass down the inside-left channel for Loftus-Cheek to meet. He was tacking left, almost runs around it to open his body and then curled a precision right-foot shot around Trapp and in at the far post.
Chelsea 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt (Loftus-Cheek)
Lazy foul by Da Costa out by the corner flag makes a gift of a free-kick for Emerson. Hazard takes it and fizzes it in with whip and dip. David Luiz makes the diagonal run, cranes his neck and steers a header towards the bottom right corner. Hasebe tracks its flight all the way back and hooks it away off the line.
Good save from Trapp denies Giroud at the near post. Subtle pass from Hazard, delayed and tapped from inside-out for Emerson on the overlap. The left-back clips in a low cross to the front stick and Giroud meets it with a flick of the right boot, looking to divert it across goal and in at the far post. Trapp drops to his haunches and saves it with his sternum.
Those of us presuming that Eintracht would be pressing with relentless zeal from the off on last week's evidence have been disabused. They seem happy for it to be far more open tonight.
Willian is causing problems down the right with his pace and guile, winning a corner at Falette's expense. It's taken short and then sent in low as a daisycutter. Frankfurt scramble it away from the near post. Loftus-Cheek tries to dribble forward to a shooting position but is tripped before he can smack it.
Smart save from Arrizabalaga when the ball breaks to Da Costa on the right of the penalty area. He takes the volley on his instep and rams it towards the top right corner. Kepa leaps to hos left to slap it behind.
Chelsea, having spooned two corners, need Jorginho to stop Frankfurt's lightning counter with his hand, to cut out a throughball. Kostic takes the free-kick from 25 yards out and blasts it straight into the wall.
Willian gets down the outside right, cuts in and skelps a low cross to the front of the six-yard box. The ball is slightly behind Giroud who improvises a backheel that flicks it on rather than at goal. Loftus-Cheek is closing in to tap it in at the back post but Da Costa runs across him to try to make a challenge and knocks him over. Chelsea claim a penalty but the referee doesn't give it. Sarri gives it the full Rumpelstiltskin on the touchline.
Emerson bursts into space behind Da Costa and has time to whip in a devastating cross. Instead he hangs up a feeble floater too close to Trapp.
Loftus-Cheek pounces on to a misdirected pass by the centre-circle in his own half and drives forward, extending his stride. He makes 30 yards but as he tries to bullock past Abraham he miscontrols mid-dribble and knocks it too close to Frankfurt's Argentinian captain.
Best chances so far from Frankfurt who have started well as they did in the first leg.
Christensen leaps high enough to beat Jovic to a header, knocking it behind for a corner. He lands awkwardly but gets up wincing soon enough. Rode takes the corner to the back post. Jovic beats David Luiz to it but heads it tamely at Arrizabalaga.
Frankfurt throw, Da Costa switching it inside from the right but Hasebe, the veteran Japan midfielder, loses it and Emerson sets off up the left. He pushes it past Da Costa, who is playing as a wing-back and sprints past. Abraham holds him up and makes the tackle.
Chelsea kick off and immediately chip it up the left for Hazard. Rebic is quickly out there to help Da Costa repel the thrust.
The players are out
Chelsea are wearing their old shirts not the new ones they wore on Sunday with its Stamford Bridge spider's web pattern on the blue. Eintracht Frankfurt are mirroring Chelsea, white shirts, shorts and dark blue socks.
Frankfurt's 2-1 victories at the Velodrome and the Olimpico over Maresille and Lazio in the group stage and 1-0 win at San Siro to knock out Inter by virtue of Luka Jovic's winner show how resilient they have been this season. With Rebic back to do Jovic's running and Kostic's creativity, Chelsea will have to be focused throughout.
Michael Ballack speaks
Chelsea are still the favourites but we know what we saw in the Champions League ... we expect a very open game. They still have world-class players but I think one or two have to step up to challenge again for the Premier League.
For those of you watching in black and white
Chelsea Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud, Hazard.
Substitutes Caballero, Zappacosta, Alonso, Cahill, Barkley, Pedro, Higuain.
Eintracht Frankfurt Trapp; Da Costa, Abraham, Hinteregger, Falette; Hasebe, Rode; Rebic, Gacinovic, Kostic, Jovic.
Substitutes Ronnow, Ndicka, Fernandes, De Guzman, Chandler, Paciencia, Haller.
Referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan (Romania)
Eintracht name their XI
The Eagles have landed
Azerbaijan or bust
Maurizio Sarri. Poor soul. Has a name that sounds a little bit like ‘sorry’, donchaknow, making him ripe for a readymade quasi pun for whatever befalls Chelsea, from the hapless simplicity of the Ronnie Corbett Sorry! with its parping theme tune to anything out of the Connie Francis songbook - Who’s Sarri now? or I’m Sarri I made you cry. There’s one for every occasion - Baccara: Sarri I’m a Lady; Scritti Politti: Don’t feel Sarri for Loverboy and, from Diana Ross, one that’s perfect for the Chelsea dissidents, Sarri doesn’t always make it right.
The much-maligned manager, whose tactics and rigidity have frustrated a vocal section of Chelsea’s support, nonetheless stands on the threshold of the Europa League final tonight having already secured a top-four finish. For all his inflexibility, though, he is not brittle and has weathered more criticism than many who have fared worse in the job. He has the certainty and workaholism of the autodidact without the easily translatable charisma that would temper it.
Indeed, one wonders if Chelsea’s nature as a club would be all that receptive to the kind of manager, like Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino, who enjoy the comfort of security in planning long-term and a bond with their players that develops from deep, sincere trust that they have always got their backs. Instead they seem to favour sternness, as if the executives want to be the only ones with the carrots and the manager has to wield the stick.
Chelsea were excellent in the second-half at the Waldstadion last week to secure the 1-1 draw and Ruben Loftus-Cheek is becoming more influential by the week. They have mastered the art of efficiency in this competition this year and Sarri’s pragmatism, evident in naming Eden Hazard on the bench, produces results without inspiring anyone to change their opinions of him. Frankfurt, who won the Uefa Cup in 1980 when West Germany provided all four semi-finalists (how’s that for European mastery, England?), have the forward Ante Rebic, 2018 World Cup finalist, back from suspension and the French centre-forward Sebastien Haller, back from injury.
If Adi Hütter picks both to play up front with the electric Adi Hutter, Frankfurt should be able to give Chelsea’s defence their most exacting 90 minutes of the tournament so far. All the same, Chelsea have the class to prevail, as Rod, Ronnie, Woodie, Mac and Kenney would confirm. Glad and Sarri.
The team news is imminent.