In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Slavia Prague manager Jindrich rues his side’s missed opportunities after their 1-0 loss to Chelsea, Florent Malouda is surprised to learn that he has parted company with FC Zurich on Twitter and one-time Chelsea player Yossi Benayoun hangs up his boots.
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Slavia boss laments missed chances
Slavia Prague manager Jindrich Trpisovsky was left to rue his side’s lack of effectiveness in front of goal as the Czech club went down 1-0 at home to Chelsea on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals.
Marcos Alonso’s late goal at the Eden Arena gave the Blues a narrow advantage to take back to London for next week’s return match but it could have been a different story if the hosts had taken their opportunities.
‘There are two levels to see this game. In the first half we played as we wanted and what we prepared for, but in the second half we spent too much time without a ball. We lost the game in the worst possible result, our qualification plans are cracked now,’ said Trpisovsky, as reported by the tournament’s official website.
‘These big games are about being effective, we had situations when we should have scored.
‘Chelsea showed us their quality when they scored the winner. I may praise my players for the performance - we gave everything, played a very decent first half, but now we are disappointed because we lost.
Trpisovsky felt that Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga played a crucial role for the Blues, making good saves to deny Jan Boril and Ibrahim-Benjamin Traore before Alonso’s winner.
‘I think that there were two situations, Boril’s and Traore's chances. If there was a different keeper than Kepa, we would have scored,’ he said.
‘You never get ten chances in such big games, only a few and you have to take them. We just needed more quality in some of the situations. When Kanté, Loftus-Cheek and Hazard came on to the pitch, Chelsea made it much harder for us.’
Malouda learns of departure on Twitter
According to the Press Association, former Chelsea star Florent Malouda was surprised to discover that he had parted company with FC Zurich through a Twitter post.
The 38-year-old, who won the Double in 2010 and the Champions League in 2012 during his time with the Blues, joined the Zurich coaching staff in February but the Swiss club revealed on Thursday that they had parted company ‘by mutual agreement.
‘FC Zurich and Florent Malouda have decided, by mutual agreement, to terminate the recently started cooperation,’ read their statement.
However, the former France international suggested that he knew nothing about the arrangement when he posted his reply: ‘Really, I didn't know that??’
Malouda last played for Luxembourg club FC Differdange 03 in 2018.
Yossi Benayoun retires
Former Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun has announced that he is retiring as a player, just a month before his 39th birthday.
The Israel international, who most recently played for Beitar Jerusalem, confirmed his retirement in a Twitter post on Thursday.
‘It's important for me to thank the fans, the ones who gave me love wherever I went,’ wrote Benayoun on Instagram, according to Sky Sports.
‘I am sure that the next chapter will be challenging and no less exciting.
‘There are moments [from my football career] I'll take with me for life.’
Benayoun joined Chelsea from Liverpool in the summer of 2010 and scored on his second league appearance for the Blues in a 6-0 win over Wigan before suffering a foot injury that kept him out of action for much of the 2010/11 season.
He went on loan to Arsenal in 2011/12 and West Ham for the first half of the following season before returning to Stamford Bridge and playing in a number of matches for the Blues during our Europa League-winning campaign.