In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Ruben Loftus-Cheek earns plaudits from Glenn Hoddle and Owen Hargreaves after our 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, Eintracht boss Adi Hutter and his players remain hopeful despite being held at home and Blues legend Petr Cech is planning to release a charity single with Queen’s Roger Taylor.
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Pundits praise Loftus-Cheek
BT Sport pundits Glenn Hoddle and Owen Hargreaves felt Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the star of the show after his excellent performance in the first leg of our Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.
Hoddle believes the 23-year-old deserves more playing time for club and country after his commanding performance in midfield as he set up Pedro’s equaliser for the Blues and caused plenty of problems for the home side with his dynamic runs.
‘I just think the manager has got to trust him more and more,’ said Hoddle, speaking after the game on BT Sport.
‘There’s more to come from this lad by the way, we haven’t seen the best of him yet - if he’s given the shirt, if he knows the manager’s going to put him in on the big games, if he says you’re an eight for me, one holding player and two eights and you will be one of them.
‘There’s more to come, if he’s given the shirt, plays consistently. I think he’s frustrated, I see the frustration in his game, and then I think he can get back in the England team. He has such a frame. He might have to score more goals.’
Hargreaves was also impressed by the England midfielder.
‘I thought he was the best player on the pitch for Chelsea,’ said the former Bayern Munich and Manchester United man.
‘Maybe he’s benefitting from the coaching, in the position, you always see him in those half positions now, with his frame he can take the ball in any position.
‘Technically he’s very good, he can drive. He can drive by people so effortlessly.
‘I think his overall play, his link up play, his intelligence, he was Chelsea’s best player.’
Eintracht boss not disappointed with draw
Eintracht Frankfurt manager Adi Hutter was not disappointed to see his side held to a 1-1 draw at home by Chelsea in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals, describing it instead as ‘a really impressive result’ for the German Bundesliga club.
‘It was a really impressive result against a very good team - we gave a great account of ourselves,’ said Hutter, as reported by the club’s official website.
‘Chelsea’s quality was plain to see, particularly towards the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second. We put in a great performance - particularly in the early stages, when our fans once again spurred us on with their fantastic tifo.
‘It’s clear who the favourites are for the return leg - Chelsea’s fate is in their hands - but everything’s possible and we’re confident.’
Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was in agreement with his manager.
‘We have to be proud of what we did today. Drawing 1-1 at home against Chelsea is absolutely fine. We fought unbelievably hard – several [players] had cramp at the end,’ he said to German broadcasters RTL.
‘We gave everything and did everything to get the best possible result. We worked hard, battled hard. It's unbelievable how the lads kept running. It just makes you proud to see a performance like that from the team. After a 1-1 draw at home we need to score, but we're usually good value for a goal.
‘Of course, we know it won't be easy in London. It'll be a tough game, but just as we did after the first leg against Benfica, we all need to stay positive and believe. The tie is completely open. Anything can happen.’
Cech looks to hit the charts
Chelsea legend Petr Cech is looking to make an impact off the pitch after it was revealed that he is planning to release a charity single next week.
Citing a report in weekly celebrity newsletter Popbitch, FourFourTwo said the former Czech international goalkeeper was working with Queen drummer Roger Taylor on a self-written song titled ‘That’s Football’.
A keen drummer himself, Cech reportedly enlisted the help of Taylor for the single, five-and-half years after the pair appeared on BBC’s Football Focus together.
A winner of four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League with the Blues, Cech is currently at Arsenal but is due to retire at the end of the season.