In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, the Sky Sports pundits list their Premier League teams of the decade, Kurt Zouma lifts the lid on his managers at Stamford Bridge and Juventus are reportedly eyeing a January deal for one of our players.
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Chelsea pair in Carragher’s team of decade
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has named Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante in his Premier League team of the decade but fellow pundit Gary Neville left out the French midfielder so he could select former Blue Eden Hazard in midfield.
Appearing on Monday Night Football, Carragher and Neville listed their first 11s of the past 10 years, which included similar back fours with Azpilicueta and former Manchester City full-back Pablo Zabaleta flanking central defenders Vincent Kompany and Virgil van Dijk.
‘There are some good full-backs right now and what Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are doing at the moment, if we’d given them another couple of seasons, they might be up there,’ explained Neville.
‘But Azpilicueta and Zabaleta were such consistent performers in title-winning teams and both of us believe they were the right picks.’
The pair disagreed however on their selections further forward with Carragher opting for Kante in midfield and Hazard in attack, while Neville picked the Belgian in place of the Frenchman so he could go for Harry Kane and Luiz Suarez up front.
‘How do we wonder how he failed at Valencia when he's got Eden Hazard in midfield?’ said Carragher jokingly of the ex-Manchester United defender.
‘Kante is a World Cup-winner, he'd get in a world XI possibly now. He won the league at Leicester, then came to Chelsea and won the league and was probably the best player in both years. He's got to go in there.’
Zouma lauds Lampard’s coaching style
Kurt Zouma has spoken to France Football about the management styles of Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho, revealing how he has enjoyed working under both of them at Chelsea.
After going on loan to Stoke City and Everton in the past two seasons, the French defender has featured regularly under Lampard in this campaign and has a great appreciation for the hands-on approach of our current head coach.
‘He is a coach who is really close to us. It's clear that he was still a player until recently,’ said Zouma, as reported by Goal.com.
‘He talks to us a lot, participates a lot in training. When we work defensively on corners, he's the one who takes them. You should see the precision he has.’
Zouma credited Mourinho with instilling a winning mentality in him following his arrival from Saint-Etienne in 2014.
‘It was Mourinho who opened the gates of England to me. I was only 19 when I arrived there. I was young,’ he said of the Portuguese manager who recently took charge of Tottenham Hotspur.
‘He also gave me confidence by making me play big games with a lot of intensity. He was the one who showed me what football was like in England.
‘The coach is a man who hates losing. He taught me to hate defeat. Thanks to him, I was able to flourish at Chelsea. He gave me a lot of things and taught me a lot. I thank him.’
Emerson wanted by Juventus
According to the Sun, reports in Italy indicate Juventus are eyeing a move for Emerson in January as they seek to re-unite the Italy left-back with his former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
Citing a report by Corriere dello Sport, the daily indicates the Italian champions are looking for a natural back-up for Alex Sandro.
‘Alex Sandro is the undisputed left-back at Juventus but sat out the weekend win at Atalanta with a hamstring issue,’ stated the report.
‘Whenever the Brazilian has been absent, coach Sarri tends to shoehorn in a player from a different position with centre-midfielder Blaise Matuidi and right-back Mattia de Sciglio filling in.
‘Finding a more natural replacement in the form of Emerson is one solution to this problem.’