In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Valencia captain Dani Parejo says Chelsea are ‘one of the best teams in the world’ ahead of our Champions League clash, Antonio Rudiger shares his thoughts on social media after returning to training and John Terry reacts after he was not included by Sky Sports pundits in their teams of the decade.
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Parejo expects tough game
Valencia captain Dani Parejo has described Chelsea as one of the best teams around, ahead of our Champions League clash at the Mestalla tonight.
The 30-year-old skippered his side to a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in September but he expects his team to face a stiffer challenge from the Blues in the return match in Spain.
'It is true that we won there in our first game and while we must not take anything away from that win, Chelsea come here in great form and with big confidence,' said Parejo, as reported by the Daily Mail.
'We are now going to play against one of the best teams in the world by name, history and everything.
'They are really coming at a good time, they lost to Manchester City making a great game, but they had won several games previously.
'We must focus on ourselves, we have shown we can compete against anyone. So no extra motivation is needed.'
Chelsea have not been beaten on our previous three Champions League visits to the Mestella but Parejo hopes the home fans will give his side a lift as they attempt to do the double against the Blues and secure a place in the last 16.
'I have experienced many nights like this here, arriving on the bus to a big reception, with a special and unique atmosphere,' he added.
'On nights like this the Mestalla does not fail, the atmosphere will be impressive. When we go hand in hand fans and team, almost always the result is usually in our favour.’
Rudiger glad to be back
He may not have travelled to Spain for our Champions League match against Valencia but Antonio Rudiger was clearly delighted to be back on the pitch at Cobham on Tuesday.
The German defender missed the start of the season with a knee problem and suffered a groin injury in his first match back against Wolves in September.
However, he appears to have finally shaken off his injury woes as he shared a picture of himself on Instagram, getting stuck in at the training ground with his team-mates.
‘On the hunt again #teamtraining #finally #painless #Hustle #AlwaysBelieve @chelseafc,’ he said in his accompanying message.
Terry appears miffed at team of decade exclusion
According to TalkSport, John Terry didn’t seem impressed after he was left off the team of the decade lists compiled by Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville.
Carragher and Neville were asked to choose their best 11 Premier League players since 2010 on Monday Night Football this week with both selecting similar back fours which featured Vincent Kompany and Virgil van Dijk in central defence and Pablo Zabaleta at right-back and Cesar Azpilicueta on the left.
According to the report, Terry ‘was understandably aggrieved at being omitted and outlined his credentials on Instagram to justify why he should have been in the teams’.
‘The current assistant manager at Aston Villa posted three thinking face emojis, before referencing the three Premier League titles he won with Chelsea this decade,’ the report added.
‘He also wrote: “09/10 14/15 played every minute of every game! Only the 5th player EVER to do that! 16/17.”’