In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba talk about the 2008 Champions League final in a new Netflix documentary and Sergio Reguilon puts off talk about his future in order to focus on Sevilla’s Europa League campaign.
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Anelka still feeling pain of Moscow miss
In a Netflix documentary about his football career, Nicolas Anelka has spoken about the hurt he still feels at missing Chelsea’s final penalty in our shootout loss in the 2008 Champions League final, although Didier Drogba believes he came back a strong player as a result.
The former France striker opened up on the controversies which followed him during much of his career in Anelka: Misunderstood but his reflection on his four-year spell with the Blues was largely focussed on the final in Moscow.
With the shootout going to sudden-death, he took the Blues’ seventh attempt but saw his effort saved by Edwin van der Sar to hand victory to Manchester United.
‘When I miss, the game’s over, I seal the club’s fate in the owner’s home country. That hurt. That really hurt,’ said Anelka.
‘The fact I missed the penalty made me feel like a traitor because I had no business being there, really. I came in mid-season, and missing that penalty killed me.
‘I can’t get over it, I still can’t. It hurt, it will hurt till the end.’
However, Drogba felt the miss had a positive effect on Anelka who won the Premier League Golden Boot the following season before helping us to win the Double in the 2009/10 season.
‘Unfortunately, when you’re a competitor, you always remember the games you lost and the finals you lost. It stays with you and marks you for life,’ said the Ivorian.
‘That’s the real Nico. That’s the Nico you can sense when you’re out there every day with him. People on the outside don’t know know what he’s really like.
‘That defeat created a bond between us all. That brought us together. He came back a lot stronger.’
Reguilon remains focussed on Sevilla
Sergio Reguilon has not ruled out the possibility of a move to the Premier League this season although the defender is focussed for now on Sevilla’s attempt to win the Europa League, the Daily Mail reports.
The 23-year, who is on loan at the La Liga side from Real Madrid, has been linked with a summer move to Chelsea but does not want to address the reports as he believes it would be unfair to his team-mates.
'If my year at Sevilla had not been good, then this would not be happening. These teams would not ring,' said Reguilon to Spanish publication Marca.
'If I am fine, the team is fine and the club is fine, everyone is happy. But I do not think about these possibilities now.
‘I've been saying since quarantine that until the season isn't over I won't be talking about my future. Until then it would be unfair on myself, my team-mates and the club.
'I have no complaints about anything, about the city, the club, my colleagues. I feel very loved. Who knows what will happen in the future.'
Reguilon opened the scoring with a fine solo effort in Sevilla’s 2-0 win over Roma on Thursday which sent the Spanish side through to a Europa League quarter-final meeting with Wolves.
Carvalho hopeful of Chelsea turnaround
Former Chelsea centre-back Ricardo Carvalho is still hoping for the Blues to reach this season’s Champions League quarter-finals although he admits it will be a ‘difficult task’ to get past Bayern Munich, Goal.com reports.
Chelsea will need to overcome a three-goal deficit in Germany in order to reach the quarter-finals but the Portuguese defender is not giving up hope, even if he does not regard his former club as one of the favourites to win this season’s competition.
‘Everyone's always talking about the same favourites: Barcelona, Read Madrid...They're teams that are used to being in the finals or semi-finals, and that's very important, as is the case with Bayern,’ said the 42-year-old at the presentation of the Champions League Trophy in Lisbon.
‘But, now, it's only one match, and that makes everything even more unpredictable. One small mistake can be crucial.
‘As for my favourites...Real Madrid and Chelsea are still in the competition, but they have a difficult task to get to the quarter-finals, but I'd like them to be in the quarter-finals.’