In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, David Luiz proposes to his long-term girlfriend in extravagant fashion, England manager Gareth Southgate says he would not hesitate to start Callum Hudson-Odoi against the Czech Republic and Chelsea great Dave Webb talks about his unusual pre-match ritual in the early 1970s.
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David Luiz makes extravagant proposal
Given his style on the pitch, David Luiz was hardly going to hold back when it came time to propose to his long-time girlfriend.
The Blues defender popped the question this week with a social media video post showing him going down on one knee with an extravagant silver fireworks and lights display going on in the background.
She said yes on the clip shared to Instagram by video-sharing app Otro, who captioned the post: ‘We hear wedding bells! Congrats guys!’
David Luiz, who was not called up by Brazil for international duty this week, was in attendance at Kingsmeadow on Thursday to watch Chelsea Women beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-finals.
Southgate may start Hudson-Odoi for England
England manager Gareth Southgate says he would not hesitate to name Callum Hudson-Odoi in his starting line-up for tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic.
With six players withdrawing from the England squad because of injury, the Evening Standard reports that Southgate would be willing to give Hudson-Odoi and fellow teenager Jadon Sancho the opportunity to play for the senior team at Wembley.
‘I think we've lost a lot of players but it's an opportunity for others, and when you look at the level of training and the way the team has prepared, they've been excellent, so we're really looking forward to seeing the team play,’ said the England boss, as he discussed the impact of the two youngsters.
‘Jadon has obviously had more big-match experience at this point and, he has been with us, as the senior team, for a bit longer.
‘But Callum has fitted in brilliantly and I won't hesitate to start either of them in the game, they're ready, they can play no problem for us.’
Webb reveals pre-match ritual in the 1970s
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Chelsea great Dave Webb gave some insight into his pre-match ritual when he was a player half a century ago, which is certainly very different from the pre-game preparations of players now.
Webb played for the club at a time when it was one of the most glamourous names in football and celebrities flocked to Stamford Bridge. In that climate, he would often schmooze with members of the famous Monty Python comedy group right before home matches.
'All the Monty Python boys went to San Fredianos restaurant on the Fulham Road before games. Eric Idle, John Cleese, Marty Feldman, Ian La Frenais (who wrote The Likely Lads),' he recalled.
‘I'd pop over after our team meal and they'd make me a cup of tea. Then I'd go back 20 minutes before kick-off. I didn't like to hang around the dressing-room too long.'
Webb, who famously scored the winner against Leeds United when we lifted the FA Cup after a replay in 1970, also revealed how Phantom of the Opera actor Michael Crawford helped to lift his spirits after he had been outplayed by Eddie Gray in the first match at Wembley.
'That first game was a nightmare. I got mullered at full back by Eddie Gray,' he said
'The only person who had a nice word afterwards was the actor Michael Crawford who told me he'd never seen a player with more bottle. Michael was a big Chelsea fan, he became a good mucker.’