In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Slavia Prague manager Jindrich Trpisovsky hopes Eden Hazard plays against his side in this evening’s Europa League match, former Blue Miroslav Stoch shares his thought of being back at the Bridge for the first time in 10 years and Michael Ballack feels that Bayern Munich should try to hire Jose Mourinho as their manager.
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Slavia boss wants Hazard to play
Slavia Prague manager Jindrich Trpisovsky believes that Eden Hazard is currently the world's best player and hopes to see the Belgian take on his side in this evening’s Europa League match.
Speaking ahead of the quarter-final second leg tie at Stamford Bridge, the Slavia boss hailed the brilliant Belgian and said it would be a sign of respect for his team if he was called upon to play in the game.
‘I think that Hazard's on the same level as (Lionel) Messi and (Cristiano) Ronaldo; he's in the same category if you ask me,’ said Trpisovsky, as reported by the Evening Standard.
‘I think currently he's the best player in the world. Not many people can play at his level. I really like watching him and I'd love for him to play tomorrow.
‘Because if he plays tomorrow that means Chelsea take us seriously. And if we win tomorrow we would beat the best Chelsea, and we would be respected.
‘So we hope the best players will be here tomorrow.’
Slavia trained at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and Trpisovsky revealed that he was impressed with the facilities at our home ground.
‘I am very impressed by Chelsea. We were really stunned and the whole environment here, and this is a great experience,’ he said.
‘The quality is just unreal, it's like being on a different planet. Obviously we don't have that in the Czech Republic.
‘I am very grateful that we can be here, and that we're playing here. We're going to war tomorrow, so we've got to be ready.’
Stoch enjoys Stamford Bridge return
While his manager may be unfamiliar with the Bridge, Slavia winger Miroslav Stoch knows his way around the place much better after playing for the club a decade ago.
The former Chelsea Academy player was involved in five men’s first-team matches for the Blues during the 2008/09 season at the start of a professional career which has seen him playing for clubs in the Netherlands, Turkey, Greece and the United Arab Emirates before he joined Slavia in 2017.
And the 29-year-old told Slavia’s official website that he was delighted to be back in London for the Europa League tie.
‘It’s great to be here again but I hope it will be an even better feeling tomorrow,’ said the Slovakia international winger.
‘The stadium looks the same as 10 years ago. I was thinking how many people still work here and I was quite surprised.
‘I didn’t have a chance to talk to them this time, but we spoke a lot after the opening game in Prague. It was a nice talk, mostly about the game. They admitted we surprised them and recognized our strength.’
While he is looking forward to playing at the Bridge again, Stoch does not want the occasion to get the better of him or his team-mates.
‘We don’t need to look for any special motivation. Me or anyone else,’ he said. ‘The motivation is big, but we can’t be over-motivated on the other hand. We must try our best and we’ll see.
‘It will be all about the first goal. If we can think of qualification or a good result, we need to score. And if we will do so, it can be a fantastic game.’
Ballack tips Mourinho for Bayern job
Michael Ballack believes that his former manager at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, would be well suited to take charge of Bayern Munich if the opportunity arose.
Speaking to German daily Bild, the former Germany captain suggested that the apporintment of the Portuguese would 'bring glamour to the club'.
'Right now Niko Kovac is the head coach and that should be respected,' said the 42-year-old, who played under Mourinho during his spell with the Blues from 2006 to 2010.
'He does a good job. [But] one cannot deny that, at some point in the future, the appointment of Mourinho would bring a certain glamour to the club and the Bundesliga.
'With a coach like Mourinho, it's probably easier for a club to get top stars. At the moment, the Bundesliga does not have the same appeal for world-class players as the Premier League. But Bayern would be well-advised to have world stars in their team.'