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Koulibaly names his dream Champions League final opponent

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The Senegal international has named the Champions League opponent he doesn’t want to face until the final in June.

Kalidou Koulibaly wants Chelsea to face his former club Napoli in the Champions League final.

The 31-year-old left Napoli for Chelsea last summer in a €38 million deal. He spent eight years at the Italian club, winning one Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana.

Koulibaly could reunite with Napoli in the Champions League quarter-final stage if Luciano Spalletti’s side can consolidate their 2-0 aggregate lead over Eintracht Frankfurt in next week’s second-leg last-16 clash.

“I hope to meet them as far away as possible,” Koulibaly told Sky Sport Italia.

“Maybe in the final in Istanbul would be better. We know how important Napoli is to me, but now I’m focused on my team. If we meet them, we will do everything to win, but I hope it is as far as possible because I also wish them to go a long way, and why not face us in the final?”

Koulibaly played the full 90 minutes of Chelsea’s 2-0 second-leg win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. The victory enabled the Blues to win the Champions League last-16 tie 2-1 on aggregate.

Graham Potter’s side will now prepare for a trip to Leicester City in the Premier League this Saturday.