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Media Watch: Eintracht Frankfurt manager on ‘special’ game, Charly Musonda eyes Vitesse Arnhem return, Cesar Azpilicueta on Neil Warnock’s fine

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Eintracht Frankfurt manager Adi Hutter labels the Blues as favourites ahead of our Europa League semi-final clash, Charley Musonda plans to return to Vitesse Arnhem after a lengthy injury absence and Cesar Azpilicueta discusses his controversial goal at Cardiff City which resulted in a fine for manager Neil Warnock.

Eintracht boss labels Blues as favourites

Cesar Azpilicueta said he sympathised with Neil Warnock after the Cardiff City manager was fined £20,000 for his media comments about referees following their 2-1 loss to Chelsea on 31 March.

The Chelsea skipper was at the centre of controversy in the Welsh capital when he headed in the Blues’ equaliser from an offside position and when asked on Wednesday whether he would offer to pay the fine for the Cardiff boss, he suggested that he would discuss the matter.

‘We talk in private about this,’ said the Spaniard as reported by Wales Online, who are obviously still upset at the result.

Eintracht Frankfurt manager Adi Hutter believes his side will go into their Europa League semi-finals as underdogs against an ‘unbelievably strong’ Chelsea despite the German club’s run to the last four.


Eintracht have reached the semi-finals for the first time since they won the competition in 1980 after a run including victories against Marseille, Lazio, Shakhtar Donestsk, Inter Milan and Benfica.

But speaking ahead of the first leg in Frankfurt, Hutter painted Chelsea as favourites to reach the final in Baku later this month.

‘There's no doubt they're the favourites. Chelsea are definitely the best team we've faced so far. They've got an unbelievably strong side with lots of experienced players. We'll need to have a great game in order to compete with them,’ said the Eintracht boss as reported by the club’s official website.

‘If you're in a semi-final then you want to make the most of the opportunity. I'm convinced that we can put ourselves in a good position for the return leg, but only if we do almost everything right.

‘It's important that we also enjoy the match. We're in the semi-finals of the Europa League against a big club. It's something special. We'll need to be courageous, flexible and execute our plan.’

Hutter’s big concern is the absence of two key attacking players with Sebastien Haller injured and Ante Rebic suspended, but he feels that the backing of Eintracht’s supporters will give his side an extra lift on the night.

‘We'll be without two top strikers in Sébastien Haller and Ante Rebic, so we'll have to find another solution,’ he said.

‘The fans have been our 12th man so far and they've carried us into the last four. A lot of teams have been impressed by that when they've played here.

‘It'll be important to get those sparks flying again. We'll have to suffer out there, show passion and stay compact.’

Musonda intends to return to Vitesse

After missing the entire season with a knee injury, Charly Musonda is looking to return to action on loan at Vitesse Arnhem next season.

Citing an interview with Dutch daily De Gelderlander, Inside Futbol reports that the 22-year-old is seeking a return to the Netherlands after failing to manage a single appearance for the Eredivisie club this season.

‘That is the intention [to return],’ said the Belgian. ‘Although the deal is not yet complete.’

While Musonda has yet to play a match for Vitesse, their manager, Leonid Slutsky, has suggested the possibility that he could be involved in the club’s upcoming Europa League’s play-offs.

‘We hope to have Charly in the playoffs, but we are careful,’ he said. ‘He did not play football for a year because of that knee injury.’

Azpi discusses his controversial Cardiff goal

Cesar Azpilicueta said he sympathised with Neil Warnock after the Cardiff City manager was fined £20,000 for his media comments about referees following their 2-1 loss to Chelsea on March 31.

The Chelsea skipper was at the centre of controversy in the Welsh capital when he headed in the Blues’ equaliser from an offside position and when asked on Wednesday whether he would offer to pay the fine for the Cardiff boss, he suggested that he would discuss the matter.

‘We talk in private about this," said the Spaniard as reported by Wales Online.

‘I was there in the middle because I was the one who scored the goal. Obviously in the moment, when I score, I just look at the linesman. He didn't put the flag up.

I knew I could be on the edge of the offside position, it's what I thought at the moment.

‘I cannot ignore that I was in the offside position. I'm sure [VAR] will help everybody when it comes in next season. It will help the referees and will help every team to get the right decision because sometimes we were punished on the other hand.

‘I'm sorry for him - but, for one goal that I score this season!’

Warnock was found guilty of three FA charges of improper conduct after he branded Premier League officials as ‘the worst in the world’ following the incident.

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