In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, former Blues player-manager Glenn Hoddle is back at work after recovering from a heart attack, Dynamo Kiev manager Aleksandr Khatskevich speaks after his side’s 3-0 loss to Chelsea in the Europa League and Emma Hayes feels the men’s team is in a good place under Maurizio Sarri.
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Hoddle makes a welcome return
Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday was made even pleasant by the sight of our former player-manager Glenn Hoddle back at work as a BT Sport pundit after a major health scare five months ago.
The former Blues boss suffered a heart attack while appearing on a broadcast last October and had to be rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery.
He was discharged in November and after resting at home for the last few months, he made his return to the TV studio to work on our Europa League clash with the Ukrainian club.
'Without a shadow of a doubt I'm a very lucky man but it's great to be back working with you guys,' said Hoddle after he was introduced by presenter Jake Humphrey.
'I've been watching a lot of football and you on the telly, but it's lovely to be here.
'It's time to get back [to work] and I'm looking forward to it.'
Dynamo Kiev boss laments Europa League loss
Dynamo Kiev manager Aleksandr Khatskevich felt that Chelsea’s quality and his team’s nervousness on the night contributed to their loss at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, the Dynamo boss spoke about the gap in quality between the clubs.
‘It’s all about our opponents’ class and quality. And our nervousness also made its impact as we committed lots of simple mistakes,’ said the former Belarus international midfielder.
‘But it’s not only us who couldn’t get to Chelsea’s half of the pitch there, Tottenham had the same difficulties recently.’
Khatskevich felt that his team gave a better account of themselves in the second half, but could do little to prevent the Blues from adding to the score.
‘We wanted to press them higher up the pitch in the second half and keep them further from our goal,’ said the 45-year-old. ‘And they had much fewer chances after the break with both goals being more a result of great individual qualities of Chelsea players.
‘We understood it was risky to play the way we did in the second half. And perhaps the third goal was ‘not necessary’ but after the break we showed the football which was worthy of a European game.’
Blues in a good place: Hayes
Emma Hayes believes that Maurizio Sarri has found a style which suits his players and that his team is well set up for the closing weeks of the season.
Speaking on Sky Sports after our 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, the Chelsea Women coach suggest that the Blue have found a ‘happy medium’.
‘I think Chelsea have been on a good run. Tonight's a comprehensive win, still against a top opposition,’ she said.
‘I think Chelsea are in a very good space. They've certainly found a way of playing of late where they are much tougher to break down, and clean sheets are giving them confidence and a platform for the attacking threats to score. I think it's a wise decision from the coaching staff to do that.
‘They've found a happy medium, and you can see it in the way they're playing. They're certainly playing a lot deeper inside their own half, more compact, lower, and as a result of that they're not getting caught pressing in the wrong areas, pulled apart and exposed and vulnerable.’