In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Manchester United are inspired by Chelsea, Olivier Giroud sets his sights on becoming France’s second-highest scorer of all time and Ashley Cole is open to the possibility of continuing his playing career.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
United taking inspiration from Chelsea 2012
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says having changed their coach mid-season, his team are thinking of our Champions League success in 2012 as they pursue the trophy seven years later, Football.London reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Barcelona in the quarter-finals, the side Roberto Di Matteo’s Blues beat in the semis to reach Munich, and with United out of the title race, European success remains their only possibility of silverware this season.
'In the league we are fighting for the third place and [we were eliminated] in the quarter-finals of the Cup,’ Herrera said.
‘The Champions League we are there, without going crazy, but we remember that Di Matteo’s Chelsea, who were not the favourites and were champions after many problems that year.’
Giroud eyes Platini’s mark
Having surpassed David Trezeguet to become France’s third-highest scorer of all time, Olivier Giroud is now looking to catch second-placed Michel Platini.
Giroud edged ahead of Trezeguet after scoring his 35th goal for his country in a 4-0 win over Iceland at the Stade de France on Monday.
While the 32-year-old still has some way to go to beat Thierry Henry’s all-time record of 51 goals for Les Bleus, he is hopeful of passing the 41 scored by Platini between 1976 and 1987.
‘The most important thing is always collective success, I always put the collective success first,’ said the Chelsea striker to French broadcasters M6, as reported by Goal.com.
‘But it is true that on the personal level, it is necessary to be decisive. I hope to join Platini, we'll see.’
Giroud also admitted that it was a special feeling for him to move ahead of Trezeguet, who inspired him when he was younger.
‘David Trezeguet was a reference for the position of centre forward, with his characteristics as a striker,’ he said.
‘Of course, I'm happy and proud. I want to continue.’
Cole may carry on playing
Having said in January that he expects to hang up his boots at the end of the season, Chelsea legend Ashley Cole now appears to be having second thoughts about retiring.
The 38-year-old is on a short-term deal with Derby County, who are now managed by his former Blues team-mate Frank Lampard, and according to the Derby Telegraph, he is undecided about his retirement plans.
‘I don't want to say I am definitely going to retire,’ said the former Chelsea left-back.
‘I am still enjoying playing, I still feel good in my body, and I still feel I can give something good to football.
‘So I am not going to decide just yet.’