In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva warns not to underestimate Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final, former Blue Lassana Diarra hangs up his boots and Malmo manager Uwe Rosler reflects on his side’s Europa League exit at Stamford Bridge.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Bernardo Silva wary of Chelsea response
Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has warned that it would will be a mistake to believe that Chelsea will be easy opposition for his side in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.
City are heavy favourites to defend the trophy after their big win against the Blues at the Ettihad Stadium two weeks ago, but Silva said they cannot afford to be over-confident about this weekend’s rematch.
‘To be honest, we should forget that 6-0 match because it won’t happen again,” said the Portuguese, as reported by The Telegraph.
‘We are playing against one of the best sides in the world, even though lately their results are not the best for them. Against those kind of players [like Eden Hazard, you can never relax and if you give them time to think, time to play and time to decide they will destroy you.
“We have to play with the same intensity and try to win another trophy. We have not managed to retain a trophy before so it would mean a lot to do so. That is one our main goals.
‘We know we have the squad to do that, but our opponents are very strong. It won’t be an easy job.’
Malmo went toe to toe with Chelsea: Rosler
Malmo manager Uwe Rosler felt his players could hold their heads up high after their battling performance against Chelsea in the last 32 of the Europa League.
The Swedish side bowed out of the competition on Thursday after going down 3-0 at Stamford Bridge and 5-1 on aggregate, but Rosler felt that the score did not reflect how well his team had played over the two games.
‘We went toe to toe with Chelsea for long periods in both legs. In the first half we managed to win the ball 12 times in their half – very good numbers for a team like us, playing against a top, top Premier League team,’ said the German, as reported on the Europa League’s official website.
‘After 30 mins we started not to get the first pass out of their press so we couldn't establish more play. Nil-nil at half-time was exactly what we wanted. In the second half, you saw the quality of the opposition we face at this stage of the competition.
‘I'm very, very proud of my players for what they delivered throughout the campaign, and also against Chelsea considering where we are in our pre-season. The last 20 minutes is not a reflection of how we stood up against Chelsea for the majority of time over two legs.
‘We all enjoyed the journey, the players, the club, the supporters. As a club, we will be better prepared going forwards. It was a great experience for our young players. Next year, we will go again.’
Diarra announces retirement
The BBC reports that former Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra has called time on his career.
It was reported on Wednesday that the 33-year-old had his contract with French champions terminated by mutual consent and he then proceeded to announce his retirement on his Instragram account.
‘The time has come to hang up [my] boots," stated the winner of Chelsea’s Young Player of the Year award in 2006.
‘For football, I gave a lot. Thanks to football, I received a lot. I did not do everything perfectly but I did it with heart, passion and kindness.
‘Thank you to all those who have encouraged me throughout my sporting career.
‘I turn the page but I forget nothing. I will continue to work with enthusiasm, determination and sincerity in my new projects.’
Signed from Le Havre in 2005, Diarra played in our League Cup final victory against Arsenal in 2007 before being sold to the Gunners that summer.
Chelsea linked with Rabiot
The Sun is reporting that Adrien Rabiot could be available to Chelsea after Barcelona reportedly pulled out of negotiations with the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder.
The 23-year-old France international is set to leave the French champions on a free transfer this summer when his current contract expires.
Barcelona were reportedly leading the chase for Rabiot but they have now withdrawn their initial contract offer, opening the door for the Blues to step up their interest in him.