Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants to avoid former club Napoli in Friday’s Europa League quarter-final draw after the Blues thrashed Dynamo Kiev in their last-16 tie.
Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as the Premier League side struck five times in the Ukraine to complete an 8-0 aggregate win.
Sarri has yet to win a trophy in his managerial career but Chelsea are among the favourites for the Europa League, and victory would bring with it a place in next season’s Champions League.
The Italian’s former club Napoli are among the favourites and they also made it through on Thursday, progressing 4-3 on aggregate despite a 3-1 second-leg loss to RB Salzburg.
“I prefer to face Napoli in the final,” said Sarri. “First of all, because it means we are in the final and I am happy with that. And second, it means that Napoli are in the final, and I am happy.
“You know very well my relationship with the city, with the people. So, for me, it will be very difficult to play against them in Naples.”
France forward Giroud’s early effort from Willian’s corner set the tone for the Blues, who arrived in Kiev with a commanding 3-0 lead from the first leg.
Giroud swept in his second of the night from Marcos Alonso’s sublime cross to register his eighth goal in the competition this season.
With the visitors in total control, Alonso tapped in a third goal from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross before the break.
Kiev captain Serhiy Sydorchuk went close to a consolation for the hosts in the second period, hitting the post from close range.
But Giroud completed his hat-trick with a header from another Willian corner, before Hudson-Odoi’s placed effort put the gloss on a dominant display.
Chelsea will discover their quarter-final and potential semi-final opponents on Friday at 12:00 GMT.