French midfielder N’Golo Kante has acknowledged that Chelsea have not made a bright start to the season but they can change their fortunes during the forthcoming games. The 28-year-old made his injury comeback during the recent 2-1 league defeat to Liverpool and he put up a strong performance which included a sublime solo goal in the second half.
Brazilian football Lucas Piazon has said that he harbours the ambition of leaving Chelsea on a permanent deal, although that has not happened to date.
The 25-year-old has experienced multiple loan spells away from the Blues and he has recently joined Portuguese side Rio Ave on a two-year loan from the west London giants.
Speaking exclusively to A Bola, Piazon said that he had the desire to leave the Blues on a permanent basis this summer but that was not the case. He added that his move to Rio Ave has certainly changed a page in his career and he is looking forward to parting ways with the Europa League holders for good.
Crystal Palace defender Gary Cahill has admitted that he had a terrible final season at Chelsea, where he was barely offered with the chance to fight for his position. Cahill managed just two league appearances for the Blues over the course of the 2018/19 campaign and he was eventually released by the club when his contract expired this summer.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the former England international acknowledged that he had a tough and forgettable campaign with the Blues last term, where he was deemed surplus to requirements by manager Maurizio Sarri, he said: “I think you never saw on the outside how tough it was, to be honest. It’s something I never want to get used to, I’ve played a heavy part in every season I’ve been at that club, so it was a freak [season].
AS Monaco midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that Eden Hazard is perfectly suited for Real Madrid due to his free-flowing style of play. The Belgium international made the switch to Los Blancos from Chelsea in a £89m deal this summer and he has already made his bow during a friendly defeat against Bayern Munich.
Speaking to AS, Fabregas hailed the qualities of his former Chelsea teammate and said that he would fit perfectly to the plans of Real Madrid when compared to Barcelona, he quipped: “Hazard is a great player who makes the difference. He is the kind of player that was made to play at Real Madrid because he needs a lot of space to run in to, to have the ball and drive, he likes to move around the field and you can’t tell him to ‘stay there’. At Barcelona, for example, it’s a team more about positioning, for everyone to be in their place to circulate the ball. And he likes to go to the ball to have freedom and he can give Real Madrid much more than he could give to Barcelona.”
New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is looking forward to working with the likes of Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori after helping them earn valuable experience at Derby County last season. The pair spent the previous season on loan with the Championship outfit and they were afforded regular playing time under Lampard.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Lampard said that he was impressed with the performance of the duo, who showed a good attitude on and off the field, he told: “I was fortunate enough to work with Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori last year, their attitudes stood out well. The fact they came through the academy here – you could see it in how they held themselves, how they train, their manners off the pitch so that’s what I want to see, I want to work with those players.”
AS Monaco midfielder Cesc Fabregas has praised Lionel Messi by stating that the Barcelona star has found a way of reinventing himself as he has entered the backend of his professional career. The Argentina international helped the Blaugrana secure another league title last season while contributing more than 50 goals for the club across all competitions.
Speaking to Goal.com, Fabregas said that Messi has become technically clever as he has progressed in his career and he has become more of a gamechanger with his distribution from deep positions, he said: “That's the thing with Leo, he reinvents himself season after season. Maybe he is not the player who dribbles past three, four or five players and score an outstanding goal any more. Instead, now, he prefers to do 50-yard passes, leaving Jordi Alba one-versus-one with the goalkeeper. He sees one-twos around the box, he might do a chip and an assist... I think now he is more complete than ever.”
Brazil international David Luiz has said that he is so sad for the trio of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Antonio Rudiger, and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who have suffered long-term injuries during the final weeks of the campaign. The trio have played an influential role in the club’s route to the Europa League final but won’t play any part in Baku against Arsenal.
Speaking to Evening Standard, Luiz admitted disappointment over the absence of the trio and he is hopeful that the Blues can take the same as a motivation to win the Europa League title, he said: “I'm so sad for Callum and Ruben because they are in the best moments of their careers and they have injuries.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has said that the Blues players have to respect the decision made by Eden Hazard at the end of the season. The 28-year-old has just 13 months remaining on his current deal with the Blues and reports have suggested that he has already agreed to join Real Madrid this summer.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Azpilicueta spoke about the importance of the Belgian to the club’s ranks and hoped that the playmaker would stay put with the club next season. In case that does not happen, Azpilicueta added that the Blues will respect the decision made by Hazard, who has been named as the club’s Player of the Year this season.
AS Monaco midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed that he had to part ways with Chelsea during the winter transfer window, given Maurizio Sarri had a keen preference in playing Jorginho ahead of him at the heart of the midfield. The Spain international barely featured under the Italian tactician during the first half of the season, and he eventually decided to join AS Monaco on a permanent basis at the turn of the year.
In an interview with Football365, Fabregas disclosed that he had the opportunity to stay put with the west London giants, but that would not have necessarily enhanced his gametime with Sarri deciding to stick with Jorginho ahead of him for the league duties, he said: “I like to always have new objectives in my mind. I could have stayed in London but a coach arrived who brought along a player who was like a son to him. Even If I played better, it was impossible to find space. I love football and I couldn’t have been happy just because I was at Chelsea. This is why I picked a project that will give me a lot of emotions”
Former Manchester United boss David Moyes claims that he was extremely close to signing players like Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos. The former Everton manager endured a disappointing spell with the Red Devils before ultimately being sacked. After enjoying impeccable stability with Everton, Moyes decided to make the switch to Manchester United as it seemed the natural progression. The Scot had built a similar reputation as Sir Alex Ferguson, who enjoyed more than two decades at United, after strong spells with the Preston and Everton team. However, his time at United did not last a full season as he was sacked a few months into the job.
Results were extremely poor at Manchester United under David Moyes and the manager never really recovered since then. He had spells with Real Sociedad, Sunderland, and West Ham with none of those jobs seeing him last for more than a year. Now, he has been out of work since leaving West Ham towards the end of the 2017-18 campaign. Even though his time with Manchester United produced his best success rate of almost 53%, it was not good enough for a club like United. Moyes has since claimed that he was unfortunate not to be backed by the board, as Marouane Fellaini was the high-profile signing he had to work with.