In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, ex-Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink compares the leadership skills of John Terry and Frank Lampard ahead of the Championship play-off final, Arsenal fans react angrily after Petr Cech is linked with a new role at Chelsea after his retirement and former Blue Filipe Luis could be joining Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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Hasselbaink compares Lampard and Terry
Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has spoken to Sky Sports about the contrasting leadership skills of Frank Lampard and John Terry as they prepare to meet in next week’s Championship play-off final.
Lampard is now in charge of Derby County while Terry is an assistant to manager Dean Smith at Aston Villa, who will face the Rams at Wembley this coming Monday with a spot in next season’s Premier League on the line.
According to Hasselbaink, he always envisaged that his two former Blues team-mates would take up roles in the dugout once their playing careers came to an end, even if their leadership skills were not directly comparable.
‘They're both totally different,’ explained the Dutchman. ‘They both have leadership. Frank was a lot quieter, JT was more vocal but you could see he (Lampard) was a leader.
‘You would always think JT would become a manager more, but Frank was a leader in his own right. Not as vocal, but always doing the right thing, always leading forward and always taking people with him but in a more quieter and respectable way.’
‘Don't get me wrong, JT was respectable but in a different way and in a different manner. They both have got that quality of being a leader, and they both have won a lot in this game so they can give that experience to their players.’
Gunners fans react to Cech speculation
The Daily Express reports that some Arsenal supporters have reacted angrily to rumours that Petr Cech will be returning to Stamford Bridge in an official role after his retirement and are demanding that he be dropped for his last-ever match in the Europa League final.
There has been plenty of speculation about the 37-year-old’s future after he hangs up his gloves and reports on Tuesday suggested that he would be appointed as sporting director at Chelsea after playing against the Blues in Baku on 29 May.
Cech reacted to the news by posting on Twitter that he had not yet made a decision on his future.
‘Despite the news today as I had already said to everybody before, I’ll make decision about my future after the last game . Now my sole focus is to win the EL with @Arsenal,’ he wrote.
However, that didn’t go down well with some Arsenal fans, who demanded that Bernd Leno be picked for the final instead of Cech, who has played every minute so far for the Gunners during the knockout rounds of the Europa League.
‘Even though I'm sure Cech is hugely professional and will wish to bow out of his playing career with a winners medal, the fact he is rejoining Chelsea is a huge conflict of interest and football has no room for sentiment. If we play the final Leno HAS to be in goal,’ said one fan.
‘Don't doubt Cech's professionalism at all but it's not right that he plays, we don't owe him anything. Leno is our no.1 and will be for years to come,’ added another.
Filipe Luis linked with Wolves
The Birmingham Mail is reporting that former Chelsea defender Filipe Luis could be set for a return to the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers after he leaves Atletico Madrid this summer.
The Brazilian left-back helped the Blues to win the Premier League in 2014/15 but found himself as second-choice behind Cesar Azpilicueta for much of the campaign and returned to Spain after making only 26 appearances in his lone season at the Bridge.
The 33-year-old is out of contract with Atleti this summer and is expected to leave along with team-mates Diego Godin, Antoine Griezmann and Juanfran.
French champions Paris Saint Germain and Brazilian side Flamengo have expressed interest in the Brazilian but the report suggests that a move to Molineux may not be out of the question.
‘Luis is a client of super agent Jorge Mendes, with whom the Wolves hierarchy and owners Fosun have a great relationship,’ states the report.
‘Wolves have been the beneficiaries of Mendes’ contacts and clientele in recent transfer windows and they could bear fruit again here.’
Oscar ends Kawasaki’s hopes
Former Chelsea star Oscar netted a hat-trick on Tuesday to send his Chinese side Shanghai SIPG into the last 16 of the AFC Champions League at the expense of Chelsea’s upcoming pre-season opponents Kawasaki Frontale, Fox Sports Asia reports.
The Brazilian was in scintillating form as SIPG romped to a 5-0 win over previously unbeaten South Korean side Ulsan Hyundai in their final match of the group stage.
The 27-year-old opened the scoring after seven minutes, curled home a delightful second just before the interval and ran onto a through ball by Elkeson to complete his hat-trick 16 minutes from time.
SIPG’s big win saw them finish second in the group, one point ahead of Japanese champions Kawasaki, who missed out on the knockout stage despite winning 4-0 at Sydney FC in their final game.
Kawasaki will face Chelsea at the International Stadium in Yokohama in a pre-season match on 19 July.