In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Arsenal manager Unai Emery is concerned about the impact Eden Hazard could have on the Europa League final, Didier Drogba says he was ‘very proud’ to see ex-Chelsea team-mates John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole involved in the Championship play-off final and Terry admits he is not in a rush to manage his own team.
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Hazard is a player of ‘decisive instants’ - Emery
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has told Spanish newspaper El Mundo that containing the threat of Eden Hazard will be the biggest concern for his side when they face Chelsea in the Europa League final tonight.
The Spaniard regards Hazard as one of the best players in the world and says he has the ability to influence the course of the match with his individual brilliance.
‘Hazard is a player of instants, but decisive instants. It is what we have to avoid,’ said Emery when asked if he had a plan to control the Belgian in Baku.
‘Chelsea are capable of winning thanks to him, and that ability I have only seen in (Lionel) Messi, Cristiano (Ronaldo), Neymar or (Mohamed) Salah. For me, it is the quintet of the best players in the world.’
Drogba proud of former team-mates
In an interview with TalkSport, Didier Drogba has spoken of his delight at watching three of his former Chelsea team-mates involved in Monday’s Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Derby County.
‘I’m so proud of them, I’m really proud of them. It was funny, those two [Lampard and Terry] used to be together all the time and now they are competing against each other!
‘It’s good to see that they have managed to go from players to the other challenge of being coaches on the bench.’
Drogba also revealed he would be in Baku this evening to cheer on the Blues against Arsenal in the Europa League final.
‘I’m going to be there and I hope they win,’ he added.
Terry in no rush to manage
John Terry has insisted he is in no rush to go into management after helping Aston Villa to earn promotion to the Premier League as an assistant coach.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Villa’s Championship play-off final win over Derby County, the former Blues skipper insisted that he wants to continue learning as a coach under Dean Smith before taking charge of his own team.
‘In the long run, that's obviously my ambition but I'm not thinking that,’ he said.
‘I've said as a player I got to the heights I wanted to get to and I firmly believe I'm a YTS (Youth Training Scheme) again.
‘I'm starting right from the very bottom, I'm not afraid to say that, I'm not afraid to do all the dirty work, picking up the cones, the balls, the bibs, that's part of my education. I've got a great teacher in Dean so I'm very fortunate to be able to sit there and learn.
‘I've always wanted to do it (coach). I think you know as a player when time's up really. It's been something that I've been planning for a few years, and the experience and day-to-day work on the training field and what the manager allows me to do has been fantastic for me.’
Terry hopes in time to emulate his former team-mate Frank Lampard, who has had a good first season in charge of Derby despite the Rams coming up just short in the play-offs.
‘It's been incredible what he's done there at Derby, I don't think anyone would have put them back in the play-offs or anything this year,’ added Terry.
‘He's brought a great team spirit, he's obviously got a wealth of experience, he's got Jody (Morris, assistant manager) who's got a lot of experience in coaching as well.
‘It's just great to see young managers – Stevie (Rangers boss Steven Gerrard), Lamps - getting the opportunities.’
Bakayoko takes leave of Milan
Tiamoue Bakayoko has issued a heart-felt thank you on Instagram to AC Milan and their fans after the end of his loan spell at the Serie A club.
The French midfielder is set to return to Stamford Bridge after Milan narrowly missed out on a spot in next season’s Champion League by finishing fifth, one point behind third-placed Atalanta and fourth-placed Inter Milan.
His disappointment at failing to help the club to reach their target was quite clear in his message, which summed up his eventful year in Italy.
‘Despite yesterday's victory we failed to reach our goal and finish the top 4 to offer you the Champions next season,’ he said.
‘This disappointment does not erase everything and I wish to thank you. ‘Thank you for your support, which is all the more beautiful and sincere that the beginning of our relationship was complicated.
‘Thank you for your love when I experienced more difficult moments. Thanks for your song that often resonates in my head.
‘Thank you all for encouragement on the street or on social media. Thank you for making San Siro a unique stadium.
‘Thank you for these beautiful memories that will accompany me everywhere and forever. See you soon. Come on Milan.’