Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea:
Eden Hazard has suggested that the Blues have made a lacklustre start to the new season because it is more difficult to play as champions, the Daily Mail report.
Jose Mourinho’s side have collected just one win so far this campaign, and the Belgian believes that it is natural that they would start slowly.
“It’s difficult to play as a champion because everyone wants to beat you, everyone wants to kill you,” he said.
Athletic Bilbao fear that reported Chelsea target Aymeric Laporte may be on his way to the Premier League in January, according to the Daily Express.
The La Liga side held onto the star during the summer having set his buyout clause at £36m, but are now worried that a television deal may provide the English clubs with the resources needed to do a deal.
Filipe Luis believes that things never quite worked out for him at Stamford Bridge due to the fact that he missed Atletico Madrid so much, the Daily Mirror report.
The defender returned to the La Liga side after just one year away.
“I was delighted when I found out that Atletico wanted to take me back. It’s the best thing that could have happened to me. I always missed the club. I was never able to move on,” he said.
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has credited Jose Mourinho as the man that helped kick-start his career at the Bernabeu, the Daily Star report.
The Frenchman was struggling when the Special One gave him some simple advice.
“I wasn’t doing well, I wasn’t managing to do what he wanted me to out on the pitch. So he chided me, saying, ‘Why don’t you run in training?’ My first reaction was to mutter, ‘Oh come on…’ But I knew he was right, I had more to give,” he said.
Finally, Diego Costa obviously does not pay much attention to the regulations regarding the amount of yellow cards that earn a suspension at international level as he appeared to be unaware that his booking against Macedonia – his third in qualifying – ruled him out of the next game, the Daily Star report.
It was only in a post-match interview when asked about the suspension that Costa learned that he would miss Spain’s next clash.
“I’m suspended against Luxembourg? It’s the first I’ve heard about it,” he said.
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