In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Eden Hazard is lauded after his two-goal performance against West Ham, Pedro earns plaudits after a classy gesture for Callum Hudson-Odoi and Cesc Fabregas helps a young mascot to get a handshake from a rival player.
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Hazard is ‘a tiger you can’t tame’
Veteran football commentator Ian Darke was glowing in his praise of Eden Hazard after the Belgian’s fantastic two-goal performance in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over West Ham United on Monday.
Speaking to ESPN.com after the game, Darke described Hazard as simply unplayable on the night.
‘He’s a tiger that you can’t tame when he’s in the mood that he was in tonight,’ he said.
‘That was just sizzling, even by his sky-high standards and West Ham couldn’t lay a glove on him. It was a terrific performance.’
Darke’s comments were echoed by ESPN pundit and former Blue Craig Burley.
‘At times in the game he looked unplayable,’ said the Scot. ‘Not that he hasn’t’ been on top of his game all the time but it just looked like there was a different spark tonight
‘The positions he took up, he wanted to get on the ball all the time and when was on the ball, he made something happen, whether it was a simple knock-off to a team-mate or a one-two, culminating in the two goals, particularly the first one.
‘It was a terrific performance from a guy who we already know is a great player. He’s really taken this team on his shoulders.’
Pedro leads Hudson-Odoi ovation
Callum Hudson-Odoi may have displaced Pedro from the starting line-up for the match against West Ham but the Spanish veteran won the hearts of Chelsea fans with a classy gesture when he came on to replace the teenager in the closing minutes of the game.
As Hudson-Odoi came off in the 85th minute after a solid performance on his second Premier League start for the Blues, Pedro joined in the rapturous applause before turning around and encouraging the fans to stand up and give the 18-year-old a standing ovation.
The fans at Stamford Bridge probably didn’t need too much encouragement to show their appreciation for the youngster, but a report in Metro indicates that the Spaniard’s generous act did not go unappreciated.
‘Loved Pedro leading the applause for Hudson-Odoi. Great team player,’ wrote a Liverpool fan.
‘Class by Pedro urging the fans to sing and cheer for CHO (I know they would anyway). But that display is exactly why I want Pedro as our 4th winger next year. Perfect professional to show the kids the way!’ added a Chelsea fan.
‘Gotta love Pedro for bigging odoi up there and getting the fans up class act,’ stated another.
Cesc helps mascot to get handshake
The Sun reports that former Blue Cesc Fabregas came to the aid of a young mascot before Monaco’s Ligue 1 match at Guingamp during the weekend when he was inadvertently snubbed by a rival player for a handshake.
As the players gathered in the tunnel before kick-off, the eager youngster was seen extending his hand towards Guingamp striker Nolan Roux as he joined his team-mates in the line-up.
While a focused Roux did not notice the outstretched hand, Fabregas did and he tapped Roux on the elbow to direct his attention to the youngster, who duly got the handshake he desired.
Fabregas, who joined Monaco from Chelsea in January, helped the principality side to earn a 1-1 draw which kept them seven points clear of the relegation zone with seven games left in the season.