In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Cesc Fabregas hails Eden Hazard as Chelsea’s most talented player ever, former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg feels that Gianluca Rocchi made two correct decisions on penalties in the Europa League final, and Andre Villas-Boas says he has learnt from his time in charge of the Blues.
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Fabregas lauds Hazard as Chelsea’s most talented player
Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas considers Eden Hazard as the most talented player the Blues have ever had, after watching the Belgian’s sparkling display in our 4-1 thumping of Arsenal in the Europa League final on Wednesday.
The Spaniard, who appeared in five of our games during the group stage of the competition before moving to Monaco in January, was a pundit for BT Sport in Baku and he was glowing in his praise of his former team-mate after he scored twice and contributed an assist against the Gunners.
'I cannot say he will be the best or important player in Chelsea’s history. But talent wise, definitely, for sure he’s the most talented player that Chelsea have ever had,' said Fabregas, as reported by the Daily Mail.
'I played with him for five years. When I first joined Chelsea I said he’s our Messi. He proved me right.’
Appearing with Fabregas in the BT Sport studio was another former Blue, Eidur Gudjohnsen, who fully agreed with the Spaniard’s assessment.
'I'd hate to play against him,' said the ex-Iceland striker. 'His acceleration with the ball is just absolute top level.
'When he turns and faces defenders, would you have like to face him? He’s like a modern Zola at Chelsea. Talent wise he has so much technique and flair.’
Clattenburg agrees with Rocchi’s penalty decisions
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg claims that Italian official Gianluca Rocchi got both of his penalty decisions right in our Europa League final win against Arsenal.
Rocchi turned down Arsenal’s claims for a spot-kick in the first half when Alexandre Lacazette went down in the Chelsea box but pointed to the spot in the second half after Olivier Giroud was barged over by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Clattenburg said that both of the Italian’s calls were spot on.
‘It was the correct decision not to award Arsenal an early penalty and an excellent decision from the referee Gianluca Rocchi and the video assistant referee (VAR),’ he wrote.
‘Alexandre Lacazette went around Kepa Arrizabalaga and anticipated contact, but the goalkeeper did not commit fully and did not make any contact with the forward.
‘In reviewing the incident, VAR would have seen that Lacazette dragged his foot along the floor, which made it look like there was contact when there was not.
‘Rocchi was also right to award Chelsea a penalty in the second half. Ainsley Maitland-Niles made no attempt to play the ball and pushed Olivier Giroud.’
AVB vows to learn from spell at Chelsea
Andre Villas-Boas says he has learned from his ill-fated spell as Chelsea manager and will not repeat his errors in his new job at Marseille.
Villas-Boas was unveiled as the new boss of the French club on Wednesday and insisted he is not planning to make sweeping changes to the team which finished fifth in Ligue 1 last season.
‘At Chelsea, I was very radical with my philosophy, but I think with experience you have to respect French football culture and focus on technical excellence and creativity,’ he told the club's official website.
‘I want to construct the ideal philosophy for OM. I am not a defensive coach, I want to play attacking football - like the slogan of OM, "Droit au but" [Straight to goal].
‘The team is good. The group needs changes, but not too many. There are players, notably, who are coming out of contract. We must analyse all of that, considering Financial Fair Play, and put together the best team possible to achieve the supporters' dreams.’