In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, former referee Mark Halsey believes United pair were fortunate not to be sent off on Sunday, Arsene Wenger feels we need more pace to improve, Jose Mourinho reveals his biggest strengths and weaknesses and one club legend is rumoured to be returning.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Halsey feels United duo should have seen red
Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has told The Sun that Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera were both lucky to remain on the pitch as Manchester United drew 1-1 with Chelsea in a crucial Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.
According to Halsey, Rojo deserved a red card for a shocking tackle on Willian shortly after he had come on as a substitute late in the game.
The Argentinian received only a yellow card for a late and uncontrolled challenge which caught Willian on the ankle and forced him to go off for the final 10 minutes of the game. However, Halsey feels the decision would be very different next season when VAR comes into effect in the Premier League.
‘Marcos Rojo would probably be sent off next season for his late challenge on Willian,’ said Halsey.
‘The Manchester United defender was lucky that referee Martin Atkinson deemed the challenge reckless and not one with ‘excessive force endangering the player’s safety’.
‘It always looks worse slowed down but that could be upgraded to a red card with VAR in operation next term.’
Halsey felt that Rojo could have been joined early in the dressing room by Herrera after Atkinson appeared to take a lenient view of the Spaniard’s persistent fouling.
‘You could also argue United midfielder Ander Herrera was fortunate to still be on the pitch at half-time,’ he said.
‘His 16th-minute tackle on Eden Hazard denied the Chelsea forward a promising attack. Herrera was lucky to get the benefit of the doubt from Atkinson when he could have been cautioned.
‘The Spaniard was then rightly shown a yellow card in the 43rd minute for a reckless challenge on Marcos Alonso.’
Wenger feels Blues need more pace
A positive performance at the home of one of our rivals was not enough to prevent criticism from some corners, despite the increased likelihood of a top-four finish.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes some of our problems this season owe to a lack of pace in the team.
Speaking on beIN Sports, as reported by Metro, the Frenchman said: ‘For Sarri it is his first season in England.
‘He certainly likes a game with possession his team has good possession but they lack goals.
‘If you compare the possession they have – always in every game around 70 per cent – and the number of goals they score, I think they have not enough players who are going behind defenders.
‘They don’t have enough pace to take advantage. Hazard has to come deep to make the difference on his own sometimes.’
Mourinho on his strengths and flaws
According to TalkSport, former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he hates to lose and his ruthless approach might not have made him too popular with some of the players he has coached.
Speaking to DAZN in a mock interview, the Portuguese said that his approach may not have rubbed off well on some of his former chargers.
Asked to reveal his biggest strengths and flaws, he said he was ‘a terrible loser and horrible to those whose motivation does not match my own.’
When asked how his players would describe him in one word, Mourinho chose a rather colourful one to describe himself.
‘That depends. Some of them… Some of them would say ‘a *******’,’ he responded.
Cech linked with new Blues role
The Daily Telegraph reported exclusively over the weekend that the Blues are set to offer former goalkeeper a position at the club when he retires this summer.
According to the piece, Cech, who left the Blues for Arsenal in 2015, could be brought back with a position on the board.
‘Chelsea believe they can tempt him back to the club where he spent 11 hugely successful years as a player with a job within what could be a new technical set-up,’ it says.
‘The Blues are yet to replace ex-technical director Michael Emenalo, since his resignation in November 2017, and Cech could be asked to take on elements of the job he left behind as part of a newly-created role.’