DROGBA BACKS LUKAKU

Since Romelu Lukaku made his move to Chelsea in August of 2011, his appearances for the Premier League club have been limited to only a few matches and even though his performances have not been up to par with the expectations that were born since he joined Chelsea, Drogba has praised Lukaku and even considers the 20 years old Belgium forward to be progressing and growing faster than him.

“I know I am his idol and we get on well. It is flattering to see that he identifies with me. But we have to stop comparing us. He is big too, certainly, but he is already tougher and he has qualities I don’t. Of course, I have some that he will only acquire with time. He will do big things and it has already started. His progression is better than mine. At the age of 19, he was at Chelsea. I was at Le Mans.” Drogba said. Continue reading DROGBA BACKS LUKAKU

HAZARD IS DREAMING

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has said that he is already dreaming of winning the title this campaign. The 23-year-old fired Chelsea to the top of the table after his spectacular hat-trick against Newcastle United on Saturday. Despite having much of the ball in the opening exchanges, Chelsea failed to create the opening goal. As with many other matches this campaign, Hazard came up with the answer after his excellent play to open up Newcastle midway through the first half. He exchanged passes with Branislav Ivanovic before slotting the ball home with a thunderous effort. Continue reading HAZARD IS DREAMING

PSG TARGET HAZARD

The French giants PSG have targeted Chelsea’s Eden Hazard as a top player for the January transfer window as they are looking for player that can keep up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani and play alongside them.

The Belgium midfielder Hazard has enjoyed a fairly successful spell in the Premier League ever since joining Chelsea and even in his debut season he made an extremely fast impact and adapted to the playing style of his new team in a matter of a few days.

Eden Hazard is one of the best paid players in the Premier League with wages that come close to £5m per year, but PSG does not look at that as an obstacle as they are prepared to equal that same amount and even increase it, in order to sign the former Lille player.

Hazard is a regular starter of Jose Mourinho and this will easily be the hardest task that PSG has to go through as they have to make an impressive offer just to convince the Portuguese coach on letting him go and even consider finding a replacement for the player that joined Chelsea 1 year ago.

The debut season of Hazard in Chelsea was so impressive that his consistent performances in the Premier League made him being named on the 23-man Ballon d’Or shortlist as he scored 9 goals and provided 16 assists for his teammates in the year he was brought to the club.

Real Madrid is another high profile club that is interested in signing Hazard and will try to make it happen in January although it will be a tough task for both PSG and Real Madrid to attempt and sign such an important player from Mourinho and Chelsea.

HAZARD LEFT OUT

Eden Hazard was not included in the Chelsea squad for their Champions League game against the German club FC Schalke because he couldn’t take part in the team’s training session on Monday.

Actually, the 22 years old Belgian midfielder had gone to France the previous day to hook up with some of his friends at his old club Lille. He spent the Sunday night there and on Monday morning, he had to return back to UK to join the Blues squad, but, unfortunately, he found out that his passport was not with him. He had lost it somewhere. Because of that, he couldn’t come back to London in time and missed the training session. That pissed off the Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and he handed Hazard a 1-game ban.

However, despite Hazard’s absence in that game against Schalke, the Blues didn’t have to face too much difficulty in securing 3 points. They easily defeated the German club by 3-0 and ensured that they remained at the top position in the Group E points table.

After that match, when Mourinho was asked about Hazard’s suspension, he said, “He has already apologized for that, but, whatever happened was not acceptable. It was not easy to drop him for such an important game, but, I had to take that decision in order to set an example. You can’t compromise with the principles.”

“Eden is not a bad guy. He committed a mistake and he got the punishment. To be dropped is the biggest punishment for a sportsman.”

Chelsea’s next game is against West Ham United. That is a Premier League game and will be played on Saturday at Upton Park. Hazard is expected to be back in the starting line up of Chelsea for that game.

HAZARD EXCITED

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has had that he is very much looking forward to the friendly match against Roma, which will see him reunited with his former manager Rudi Garcia. Garcia was the manager of Lille when the Belgian playmaker was making his name. He made the £ 35 million move from the French club to Chelsea 12 months ago. Even as a youngster, Hazard was spoken of as the next big thing in world football. He has certainly not disappointed in his first season at Chelsea. He has scored more than 10 goals and contributed more than 20 in terms of assists.

Garcia was recently appointed as the manager of Roma, who have made plenty of business in the transfer window so far. They have also managed to keep hold of Italian international Daniele De Rossi amidst interest from Chelsea. They will be the final opponents for Chelsea in their pre-season tour of Asia and the United States. Chelsea have had a very promising pre-season and they have lost just one match. Hazard has said that preparations have been going extremely well and he is already looking forward to the start of the new season. Chelsea kick off the new campaign with a home match against newly promoted Hull city.

“We had four years together and won two trophies, the Ligue 1 and the Cup in the same season, the double. He is a very good coach, still quite young and a very nice guy. He was very good for me because I was very young and he showed me the right way to be, and gave me lots of confidence in my ability. It’s good for him to have another challenge at Roma, he did well with Lille and now wants to further his career at a big club. I think he is the first French trainer in Italy,” said Hazard.

CHELSEA CHASE ROONEY

Chelsea have been consistently linked with a move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The club are believed to be in the process of preparing an official bid for the 27-year-old England international, who has publicly revealed that he wants to leave United. Even though Manchester United are firm on the fact that they would not sell Rooney, it is believed that they can be persuaded with a good offer. A number of Chelsea players like Petr Cech have come in support for a bid for Rooney and midfielder Eden Hazard is the latest to join the bandwagon.

The Belgian midfielder, who joined the club last year, has said that Rooney will be a great signing for Chelsea. He has praised the England international by saying that he would bring a lot to the club and he is also still young at 27 years of age. The 22-year-old has also revealed that current Chelsea manager José Mourinho tried to sign him three years ago when he was the manager of Real Madrid. Hazard was still playing for Lille and he was only 19 years old. Hence, he had to resist the offer of joining one of the biggest clubs in the world because he wanted to play regular first-team football.

“Rooney would be a brilliant signing. He’s a great player who has the experience and he’s still only young, at 27. But it’s not up to me. He told me he’d asked Lille, but I wanted to stay there until I was 21 and develop my game. I must have been 19 or 20 at the time. Real Madrid is a wonderful team, but I had so much still to prove in the French league. I stayed because I didn’t want to leave too early,” said the £ 32 million Chelsea signing.

HAZARD WANTS JOSE RETURN

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has said that he would welcome the prospect of working with Real Madrid manager José Mourinho, who has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge in the summer. Mourinho is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the world. He managed at Chelsea for a period of just over two years during which time he led the club to 6 titles. This included two Premier league titles in back-to-back seasons. The succession of managers who have followed the Portuguese have been unable to repeat his feat.

After three years at the Santiago Bernabeu, Mourinho is thought to be contemplating an exit in the summer after growing extremely tired of the Spanish media. Further, there has been a lot of infighting in the dressing room. There are several sections of the Real Madrid players who are against Mourinho. This includes the captain of the team, Iker Casillas, who has recently dropped in favour of the second choice goalkeeper Diego Lopez. Sergio Ramos has also shown public support to Casillas rather than the manager.

This is widely expected to see Mourinho depart Real Madrid and he has hinted that Chelsea may be one of his next destinations. He is thought to have made up his differences with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

“I would like him [Mourinho] to come here. Mourinho is the best coach in the world. Everyone is talking about him here. He is not God, but almost. The fans and the players love him. I wait and see. First I am thinking of finishing the season, then going for a holiday. I will get any news in the press,” said Hazard. The Belgian midfielder for signed for around £ 32 million in the summer and he has proven to be one of the best acquisitions for the club.

HITTING FORM

After struggling with form throughout the season, Aston Villa seem to be hitting form at just the right stage in the season. The team has managed just two defeats in the last five matches – in a run that also includes two wins as well. This has propelled the team from the relegation zone into the 17th position. They also hold a four point gap between them and the relegation zone, and the manager Paul Lambert is now a happy man. He has said that the work is not over yet, and it is important that the team maintain the momentum gained from the recent form.

The summer signing Christian Benteke has been a major reason for the uplift of form over the last few weeks. The 22-year-old has managed 12 goals in the league for Villa. Due to the fact that Villa will be facing the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United in the next few matches, it is imperative for the team that they do not lose the momentum. The club will be facing one of their relegation rivals QPR during the weekend. This match will take place at Villa Park, thus giving the team an opportunity to build on the two wins they have achieved in the last five home matches.

“We will go again now but we have gained a lot of momentum and against QPR, we will have a massive crowd behind us. The confidence in the team is extremely high. If the crowd, players, staff and everyone stick together we’ll keep going. It will help our mental strength being out of the relegation zone. But I don’t think we have looked like a team down there. If you look at the table there’s not a lot of daylight with the teams down there. It’s very close,” said Lambert.