In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg agrees with the decision not to send off Antonio Rudiger at Cardiff, Frank Lampard is pleased to have Mason Mount back in action at Derby after a long injury layoff, and Didier Drogba says he has no interest in going into football management at this time.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Rudiger decision was correct: Clattenburg
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg believes Craig Pawson was correct with his decision not to send off Antonio Rudiger after he came together with Kenneth Zohore in the closing minutes of our 2-1 win at Cardiff on Sunday.
According to the Daily Mail, Clattenburg agreed with Pawson’s decision to show Rudiger a yellow card when Zohore went to ground under a challenge from the German as they chased down an attempted through ball just outside the Chelsea box.
‘A yellow card was the right call,’ he said. ‘For a player to be sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, the attacker must have a clear chance and be in possession of the ball before being fouled.
‘With the goalkeeper also coming out to challenge for the ball, there was enough doubt that Zohore had a clear route to goal.’
Clattenburg also felt that the match officials should have disallowed Cesar Azpilicueta’s equaliser for offside although he understood how difficult it was for the assistant referee to have noticed the infringement in real time.
‘Let's be clear, these decisions - when a player moves from an offside to an onside position in a split second - are the hardest for assistant referees,’ he added.
Lampard pleased with Mount’s return
Derby County manager Frank Lampard was delighted with the performance of Mason Mount after the Chelsea loanee returned to action following a two-month injury lay-off in the Rams’ 6-1 win over Rotherham during the weekend.
With the 20-year-old sidelined with a hamstring injury, Derby managed only one win in seven league games before the visit of Rotherham, but they cut loose against the Millers with Mount scoring once and setting up another in 76 minutes of action.
‘I’m delighted Mason came back in like that and produced such a good performance,’ said Lampard to Derby’s official website.
‘It’s not always easy to come straight back and in that first game be in the top level. I think he was at a really high standard and I think there’s more to come.’
The Chelsea legend admitted that Derby had missed the youngster and were glad to have him back as they push for a Championship play-off spot in the final weeks of the season.
‘We’ve missed Mason, of course we have,’ Lampard added. ‘Mason is so crucial because he is a top young player.
'It’s been a difficult part of our season because we’ve had long-term injuries and also critical injuries at times. Mason has been a loss because he was out for two months. If you take the top players out of the top clubs in this division then it becomes difficult for everybody.
'We did suffer without him but on the positive side we’ve got him back, he looked great out there and he’s only going to get better.’
Drogba not interested in managing for now
Didier Drogba is not interested in going into football management at this time and wants to focus instead on his foundation and football ambassadorial roles.
The Ivorian has continued to be involved in the game since he announced his retirement as a player last year and will star in the Soccer Aid for Unicef match at Stamford Bridge in June.
But the 40-year-old told the Times of India that he is not interested in managing a team right now.
'I never said that I wanted to get into management,’ he insisted.
‘After my playing career, I needed a break. I enjoy travelling, working with my foundation. So I’m enjoying what I’m doing now.’