Liverpool legend-turned-pundit John Barnes believes Chelsea are overly reliant on Eden Hazard since the new Premier League season has begun. The Belgium international has started the campaign in a flourishing fashion with five goals from as many matches and this has propelled his side to the top of the standings on goal difference to Liverpool.
Despite this, Barnes believes Hazard’s form could be a warning sign for the Blues, given they could struggle when the goals dry up for the Belgian attacker, he said: “I think they are overly reliant on Hazard. I think if Hazard gets injured, they really are overly reliant on him. If he drops form and he doesn’t score, he’s not an out and out scorer. We have spoken and I told him he can score 40 goals. He has to improve some things, but he can do it.”
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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is hoping to emulate idol Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge by making an improvement on his goalscoring contribution. The England international joined the Blues from Everton in January but he managed just two league appearances through the 2017/18 season as he struggled with fitness issues following a serious hamstring injury.
However, with the new campaign, Barkley has been ever-present for the Blues in the starting lineup and he is now hoping to emulate Lampard by making a regular contribution onto the scoresheet, he said: “He’s someone [Lampard] to look at with the success he achieved for the club and for himself. I’ve played with Frank and I saw what he was like around England, and how much of a top professional he was.He was an idol of mine from when I was a young lad, watching Champions League games and seeing the goals he scored. If I could achieve half of what he did here, then that would be a success. I believe I can hit the 20 goals a season mark.”
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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has said that he is not surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to head to Juventus this summer. The Portugal international has linked up with the Bianconeri following nine successful seasons with Real Madrid and Drogba feels the attacker has made the good choice at the current phase of his career.
Speaking to Football Italia, Drogba said: “I am not remotely surprised [by Ronaldo transfer]. I find it as a perfect, exciting and such a good choice that I was about to do it, too. I thought I had already joined a Serie A club and we were down to the details, but then everything evaporated. Don’t ask me the club, there’s no point opening that up now. In any case, it was more than just an offer and I was very interested, so I perfectly understand Ronaldo’s desire to play in Serie A.”
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Belgium international Romelu Lukaku has acknowledged that Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has played a key role in helping him develop into a top-class footballer. The 25-year-old made just 15 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge but he has nevertheless forged a Premier League career after impressing with the likes of Everton and Manchester United.
Speaking to reporters, Lukaku highlighted that Drogba is like a ‘big brother’ to him and admitted that he holds a close relationship with the Ivorian footballer, he said: “Everybody knows Didier Drogba is a bit of a big brother to me. He’s helped me from when I arrived in England, we have a very special and close relationship. He demands a lot of me because he knows I have the potential to do big things.”
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Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah has revealed that former teammate Didier Drogba urged him to break the Premier League record for the most goals by an African player. The Chelsea favourite had notched 29 goals during the 2009/10 league season but the feat was eventually surpassed by Salah, who scored 32 times on his way to winning the Golden Boot.
Speaking to reporters, Salah admitted that Drogba advised him to break the feat which he did with flying colours, he said: “When I reached 20 goals, I spoke with Didier Drogba. He told me: ‘Please, break the record!’ to which I responded laughing: ‘No worries, I will!’ And I managed [it]. So I thought to myself, I have quite a few games to play before the end of the season, I can break the all-time record! It’s a great source of joy for me.”
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Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes Tottenham Hotspur fans would be more devastated than Sol Campbell’s switch to Arsenal, should Mauricio Pochettino accept the head coach role at Chelsea. The 46-year-old has helped transform Spurs into a regular top-four side in recent seasons but his future is apparently uncertain beyond the summer.
As such, reports have linked him with a shock move across town to Chelsea, and Cascarino feels this could have a drastic effect on the Spurs faithful, he said: “Would this be worse than Sol Campbell going from Spurs to Arsenal?I feel that a lot of Tottenham fans would think it would be.He’s their manager!
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Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba has heaped praise on Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah after he broke his Premier League scoring record. The Egypt international recently netted his 30th league goal for the Reds in his debut season and he therefore became the highest scoring African Player in a single Premier League campaign, surpassing the 29 goals amassed by Drogba during the 2009/10 season.
Shortly after achieving this feat, Drogba hailed the attacker on Instagram, he wrote: “It was just a matter of days before this guy put my goal record as number one African Premier League top scorer to bed. So proud of you little bro, continue to put our continent as high as you can. Much love and blessings, like I said before The best is yet to come.” Continue reading “Didier Drogba Praises Mohamed Salah After Breaking His Record”
Beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final could easily have altered the situation surrounding Antonio Conte at Chelsea. With some indications of his feelings around staying on as manager and clear issues between him and owner Roman Abramovich, it’s automatically assumed that the club will be looking to a new man this summer. Bookmakers offer odds on all potential candidates to take the hot seat at Stamford Bridge, so there’s a lot of punters predicting who the Italian’s successor will be.
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Former Chelsea defender Ken Monkou believes the Blues’ downfall this season has been partly contributed by Antonio Conte’s decision to offload Diego Costa. The Italian head coach had a bust-up with Costa midway through the previous campaign, and this eventually saw the Spaniard fall out-of-favour at the end of the season.
Costa’s proposed return to Atletico Madrid was constantly pressed thereafter and the Blues finally ended the saga by agreeing to his sale in September 2017. Speaking on the Mail, Monkou suggested that the Blues lost a key figure in the form of Costa, who could be compared to the likes of Drogba and Ibrahimovic – for his presence on the pitch.
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Chelsea favourite Didier Drogba has suggested that Lionel Messi may not be regarded as the greatest player in the world until he can match the achievements of Diego Maradona and Pele at the global stage. The Barcelona forward has won every trophy in the cabinet at club level, but he has not found similar success with the Argentina national side.
Speaking to AFP, Drogba stressed that Messi is a legendary footballer on current terms, but he could enhance his reputation further, if he manages to lead his country to the World Cup like Maradona and Pele, he said: “Messi could stop now and he would already have done a lot for football. To win a World Cup would make him even more legendary. He’s an extraordinary player! He’s still not at the heights of Maradona and Pele, but he’s not far away.” Continue reading “Didier Drogba Names Two Players Better Than Lionel Messi”