Chelsea aim for historic Europa League final victory

The Blues could join Bayern Munich, Ajax and Juventus in an elite group of clubs to have won all three major Uefa trophies but face in Benfica a team with European pedigree
Chelsea take on Benfica in the Europa League final on Wednesday night with a shot at making history on two fronts.

As well as becoming the first team to win the competition the year after lifting the Champions League trophy, victory in the continent's second tournament would make them only the fourth club to have united both cups with the now-defunct Cup Winners' Cup.

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Only Bayern Munich, Juventus and Ajax have all three to their name and, just 12 months after winning what used to be the European Cup for the first time, the Blues could round out a trifecta, which began with their Cup Winners' Cup medals from 1970-71 and 1997-98.

Chelsea definitely go into the match at the Amsterdam ArenA without influential attacking midfielder Eden Hazard, while interim manager Rafael Benitez says a decision on captain John Terry's fitness will be made on the day of the match.

Their opponents, Portuguese giants Benfica, have history of their own, having famously won the European Cup back-to-back in 1960-61 and 1961-62, but have not tasted continental glory since.

The two clubs last locked horns in the quarter-finals of last season's Champions League, when Chelsea progressed after winning both legs on their way to triumph in Munich.