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Media Watch: Chelsea trio in power ranking top 10, Thorgan Hazard could replace Christian Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund, Slavia Prague boss expects much-changed Chelsea side

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, three Chelsea players are in the top 10 of the latest Premier League power ranking, Borussia Dortmund are likely to sign Thorgan Hazard to replace Christian Pulisic and Slavia Prague manager Jindrich Trpisovsky is expecting his team to face a much-changed Chelsea in the Europa League.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Chelsea trio named in power ranking

Eden Hazard’s fine recent form has put him at the top of Sky Sports’ Premier League power ranking and he has been joined in the top 10 by Chelsea team-mates Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The weekly power ranking is an in-form chart based on the performances of players over the past five Premier League matchdays with a greater weight placed on recent games.

With points awarded for 34 different stats, Hazard has risen to the top of the ranking after fine all-round displays during our current our three-match winning run in the league.

Loftus-Cheek, who has shone in midfield in our victories against Cardiff City, Brighton and West Ham United, is third in the power ranking with Leicester City’s James Maddison separating the two Chelsea players in second place.

Kepa, who has conceded only one goal in our last three games, is in ninth place, while Cesar Azpilicueta is 13th.

Hazard is also well ahead in the ranking of the league's top-performing player so far this season with 72,847 points, more than 9,000 ahead of second-placed Mohamed Salah of Liverpool.

The Belgian tops the league for goal involvements (28), assists (12), chances created in open play (69), dribbles completed (110) and fouls won (95).
 

Thorgan Hazard set to replace Pulisic

German football magazine Kicker is reporting that former Chelsea winger Thorgan Hazard is set to join Borussia Dortmund this summer, replacing Stamford Bridge-bound Christian Pulisic.

The younger brother of Eden has been at Borussia Monchengladbach for the past five years, but with his contract due to expire in 2020, he has been linked with a 40 million euro move to Dortmund where ex-Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre is now in charge.

Like Eden, Thorgan was signed by Chelsea in the summer of 2012 but he played only one match for the club in the Under-21 Premier League before going on loan to Belgian side Zulte Waregem for two seasons. He joined Monchengladbach on loan in July 2014 before making the move permanent the following year.
 

Slavia coach expects Blues to rotate

Slavia Prague manager Jindrich Trpisovsky feels that having an extra day of rest will not give his side a significant advantage for the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final against Chelsea on Thursday.

Slavia trounced Prague rivals Dukla Prague 5-1 in a Czech league match on Sunday while the Blues had to wait until the following day to beat West Ham United 2-0 in the Premier League.

However, according to Czech news website iDNES, Trpisovsky believes that Chelsea will not be at a disadvantage for the match at Eden Arena because of squad rotation.

‘No, a lot of their players are being rotated, plus Liverpool are waiting for them this weekend so they have to rotate again,’ said the 43-year-old.

‘Maybe I'm wrong, but I think a lot of those who played against West Ham on Monday won't play against us. Not that they will change the whole starting 11, but we will just have to wait and see what they come at us with.

‘Their squad is certainly stronger than ours,’

Slavia midfielder Tomas Soucek is suspended after picking up three yellow cards but Trpisovsky.said that Petr Sevchik should be available to play after recovering from injury.

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