In our latest look at the media, there is recognition for two Chelsea players in the Europa League but criticism from former boss Glenn Hoddle, who feels semi-final passage should have been more straightforward.
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Two Blues named in Europa League team of the night
Chelsea goalscorers Olivier Giroud and Pedro were named in the Europa League’s best 11 of the evening by the Daily Express.
We raced into a 4-1 lead on the night thanks to a Pedro double and yet another Giroud goal in this competition, his 10th of the season, before surviving a late Slavia fightback to progress into the last four.
Pedro’s performance is described as ‘electric’ and ‘crucial to Chelsea’s win with his movement’, while Giroud’s display was ‘typically classy’.
Chelsea fan Sevcik revels in brace against the Blues
Slavia Prague midfielder Petr Sevcik said he had fulfilled a dream after the lifelong Chelsea fan scored twice at Stamford Bridge in his side’s Europa League clash with the Blues on Thursday.
While his side eventually lost 4-3 on the night and 5-3 on aggregate, the 24-year-old was a picture of delight when he spoke after the game.
‘It was a great experience for me. I am a lifelong fan of Chelsea and it was a fulfilled dream for me tonight,’ said Sevcik, as reported on the Europa League’s official website.
‘In the first half we lost too many balls and Chelsea punished us. In the second half we improved that, were calm on the ball, and I think we were a better side.
‘I was a bit lucky, especially with my right-footed goal. But two goals against Chelsea, it is a dream.’
Former boss Hoddle critical of defending
Ex-Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle accused the Blues of lacking leaders after we booked our place in the Europa League semi-finals, reports the Daily Mail.
Having raced into 4-1 half-time lead, Chelsea made hard work of it in the second half as Slavia Prague capitalised on some lax defending to haul themselves back into the game.
It's not the first time Chelsea have struggled after the break this season and following the game, Hoddle lamented the latest second-half slump.
'They can't get 90 minutes' consistency, you can't dictate 90 minutes anyway but they do switch off, almost as if, "We're too good for this team, I don't need to get on the cover",' he told BT Sport.
'It's complacency a little bit and they need a leader out there that's not going to let that happen. John Terry, in that team tonight, that wouldn't have happened second half.
'They haven't got many leaders there that can identify and put it right and say, "Let's put it right". You could smell it happening, your opponents are getting more of the ball, throwing people forward, you need to nullify that and someone needs to identify that.'
Hoddle’s fellow pundit Owen Hargreaves, a four-time Bundesliga champion, believes Eintracht Frankfurt will make tough opposition.
‘That Frankfurt team, that is a fairytale story so far. They have brilliant attacking players. They have an innovative manager as well,’ he said.
‘That won't be easy. It looks comfortable for Chelsea but it definitely won't be.’