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Manchester United coach Luis van Gaal has admitted that he would like to have in his team, such as creative players as Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar.

The Red Devils manager has praised Chelsea’s trio Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar for their creativity on the pitch. He has admitted that Manchester United urgently needs such a players to be able to compete with the other Premier League teams in the upcoming season.

van Gaal told the Mirror :

“And then that has to be a mix. Therefore, you need creative players. For example, Chelsea have [Eden] Hazard, Willian and Oscar. There is a lot of creativity there,”

“And you need that because you have to disorganise teams that park the bus. Next year there might be more teams who are parking the bus.”

The Red Devils coach was also asked about his newly acquired players:

“We at Manchester United buy only players who can contribute to our level. You can write every player that you want, every name that you can say, but we cannot say that. It’s also difficult to select the players, because you need the players, the club, the money and the price, so it’s not easy as you think.

“You have seen that [Memphis] Depay is a talent, much more than that, at his age, maybe the best talent. That was voted by the media or maybe the trainer coaches at the World Cup.

“[Matteo] Darmian is from a small club, but he also was at AC Milan so is a late developer, but I think he can contribute and also [Bastian] Schweinsteiger can contribute as a senior player with a lot of quality.

“[Morgan] Schneiderlin has to prove it, because he was in Southampton where maybe he was the leader, now he is here and I believe in him, that’s why he is here. But I want more players but it is not always possible.”

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José Mourinho thinks that Eden Hazard can become one of the top-five players in the world.

Speaking during Chelsea tour in the USA, the Chelsea boss revealed that he’s pushing Eden and everyone else in the squad and in the Blues staff to improve and give their best, so to reach more important results and established themselves in the European elíte.

The Belgian player was named Player of the Year the last season, but according to Mourinho he still has to get stronger:

“To repeat the awards, I believe he has got to get better, because the normal tendency is for people to find another star.

People find somebody new to get these individual trophies. But he has all the conditions to improve. With his age he can improve.

“I talk to all of them (the squad). Medical department too. I told them. You have to be better.

Champions League can be an important competition to improve and reach the players Olympus:

“Two years ago we reached the CL semi-final but he didn’t play. He didn’t play in Madrid, he played injured at home. So he arrived in that crucial moment not in condition.

“Last year we didn’t do well and we were out immediately so he also needs a good Champions League. I’m not saying winning but I say a proper Champions League. But no matter, he is fantastic.

Mourinho also pointed out the fact that Hazard is a very loyal player on the pitch:

“He’s getting stronger and stronger, not just in his body, but in his attitude. He’s mentally tough. He’s not the kind of boy who overreacts. After a bad tackle he never rolls and rolls like other players do.

“He doesn’t try and push referees to make certain decisions. Eden is not this guy. He’s loyal and honest, and gets lots of respect from opponents because of that.”

“I would like more protection for him, but it’s beyond my control.

“The only thing I can do is what I am doing and what Eden is doing, which is to work and work and work to be stronger and stronger. I don’t want to change his mentality or personality. I don’t want him crying or overreacting.

“I don’t want someone to touch his shoulder and he reacts by throwing his hands in his face like some players do. I want Eden to be what he is – absolutely fantastic.

“Eden is coming with big status now and was voted one of the top ten players in Europe last year. In my opinion he should be in the top three not in the top ten. Let’s see what is going to happen but we have these people. But let’s say John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are our captains and the others are ready to come.

For Chelsea manager, Hazard is already a leader:

“On the pitch Eden leads. He is not afraid to take responsibility. He is not afraid to get the team in a dark situation and bring blue sky again for the team.”

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Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has pleaded to referees to give him more protection from rough tackles on the pitch, singling out Stoke’s Phil Bardsley as a particularly aggressive offender.

Hazard, who won the PFA and Writers Player of the Year awards last season, was the most fouled player in the Premier League last season, has revealed he has had to take anti-inflammatories after some games, due to the amount of pain he was suffering.

The Belgium international has picked out Bardsley in his plea, referring to a late challenge which resulted in only a yellow card for the no-nonsense defender.

Hazard feels tougher action needs to be taken, as he prepares to help his side defend their Premier League title. He said: “If the referees can protect me, it would be good for me. They know now that I get a lot of kicks and I want to be protected by the referee.

Sometimes I am in pain after games. I have to take some anti-inflammatories or something like that. I like to have the ball at my feet and when I have the ball at my feet, I get a lot of kicks. But this is football.

“Whenever I feel pain, I try to keep a smile on my face. Sometimes, I get kicked, sometimes not. We have a lot of physio, and they work very well because we play every three or four days. It’s important.

The worst tackle? Of course against Stoke. Bardsley. When I see the video, it’s crazy. But I just play. I always say after the game, if  I’ve had a lot of kicks, the game was good.”

Jose Mourinho has also expressed his frustration and concern over the somewhat aggressive tackles seen being used on his player on numerous occasions, more of which were showcased in the Blues’ friendly against New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

However, the 24-year-old has has stepped up his training regime to get physically stronger to cope with the tackles he receives.

He added: “I work in training in the gym. I have to work. If I don’t work and do the training, the defenders they kill me. It’s my job. How do I stay calm when I get kicked on the pitch? I’m like this. I don’t speak a lot to the players or the defenders. I just want to play, to dribble something, to do some skills.

“I just want to win the game and my job is to score goals, to create and try to take the advantage against my opponents. I try to play my game, my football and my football is with the ball and I will never change my style of football.”

Despite being labelled world-class by many around the world, Hazard himself has attempted to distance himself from the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He achieved a personal best in a Chelsea shirt last season, scoring 19 goals as he helped them win the Premier League for the first time since 2010, and the Capital One Cup.

But he said: “If I want to reach this level [of Messi and Ronaldo], I have to score 40, 50 goals just for one season. I think last season I scored 19. Maybe it’s good but maybe it’s not enough.

“Is it possible? Yes. If they score 60 goals it’s possible. Maybe not in the Premier League but we will see. Maybe. Why not? But my main goal for the season is just to bring a trophy to Stamford Bridge.”

Mourinho, however, has said that he believes the playmaker has the potential to become the best in the world.

“That’s a bit of pressure for me!” said Hazard. “But I try to enjoy. It doesn’t matter if I’m the best or not the best. I just want to play and give pleasure on the pitch and to win trophies at the end  of the season.

“[The manager and I] have a very good relationship. He knows I give everything on the pitch and he loves that. When you give for him, he gives back for you.”

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bank of america stadium charlotte

Chelsea will face tonight PSG at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, USA – for the second clash of the Northern America International Champions Cup.

The kick off will be at 23.10 UK time, 00.10 of Sunday 26 July in central Europe and 18.10 local time.

The friendly match will be broadcasted live on Chelsea TV  and Sky Sports in the UK, Canal Plus in the USA, ESPN Deportes in the USA and Americas, Esporte Interativo in Brazil,  Direct TV in South America, Televisa and Sky Mexico in Central America, Sport TV in Portugal, Mediaset Premium in Italy, BeIn in France, TV3 and Prisa in Spain,Eredivisie in the Netherlands, RDS in Romania and Hungary, Belgacom in Belgium, DIGI in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, BTV in Bulgaria, DigitalB in Albania, Arena in the Balkans, SBD Discovery inScandinavia, Forthnet in Greece, Cyta in Cyprus, Dogan Group in Turkey, Go in Malta, Star India in India, LETV in China, Jsports in Japan, SCTV group in Indonesia, PPTV in Thailand, BeIN in MENA and North Africa, Star Times in SubSaharan Africa.

For complete list of broadcasters, follow this link:


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Konoplyanka has also made nearly 50 appearances for Ukraine

Sevilla striker Yevhen Konoplyanka has been likened to Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard and Barcelona striker Neymar by a former teammate.  

The 25-year old midfielder moved to La Liga from Ukranian side Dnipro, after making over 200 appearances and scoring 45 goals. The Ukraine international joined the Europa League holders this summer, having turned down a number of other offers from across Europe.

Brazilian striker Matheus – who played alongside Konoplyanka at Dnipro – has spoken highly of the forward and expects him to shine in Spain, so much so that he has compared him to Hazard,

Matheus said: “Kono has what it takes to be like Hazard and Neymar,” he said. “He has the ability to do well in Spain or in any other European league.

“He’s like Hazard and Neymar – the type of player who can win games in an instant with a spectacular bit of football.”

Hazard played a major part in winning Chelsea’s first Premier League title since 2010 and won the PFA and Writer’s Player of the Year awards at the end of last season.

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De Bruyne was unable to break into Chelsea's first team.

Ex Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne can transfer from Wolfsburg to Manchester City in this transfer window for the English record-breaking fee of £60million.

De Bruyne was sold to the German side in January 2014, and he made an impact last season at Wolfsburg, with 25 assists and 15 goals in 45 games.

Many people say Chelsea would regret to let him go, since the Belgian 24 years old and has a huge potential for a great career.

Blues manager José Mourinho explained why the club decided to sell him:

“He did not want a team where he thinks am I playing or not? He needs that trust, he needs that quality. He needs that security. So I was not happy when he left. So yes it’s not fair.”

He didn’t tell me he couldn’t handle the pressure. He told me he wanted to play every weekend. I told him this is Chelsea, you are very young, you have Eden Hazard, you have Mata, you have Willian, you have Schürrle, and I cannot promise you that.

“And the first game of the season against Hull City he played. For the second game against Manchester United, he played. The third game of the season was the Super Cup in Prague, I decided not to play him. For the fourth match, in the Premier League, he was on the bench. And he was not happy. He told me he was not happy.

He was not training very well and he was saying: ‘I can’t give you more. This is just my way.’

“He told me it was not in his personality to be competing for a position in the team. He needed a team where he knows he can play every game.

“So yes, I accept that if this is his mentality and it’s his choice to go, it is better for Chelsea to make a good deal. Chelsea made a good deal and he was happy to go and I am happy because the kid is a good kid. And I am happy for him.

“Players have different circumstances. We sold him, made our money and it was fantastic because we bought him cheap and sold him for a fantastic price. And now Wolfsburg, if they make a fantastic deal, that is good for them.”

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Chelsea players took part in a community outreach project with Harlem FC.  Diego Costa, Gary Cahill, Oscar and Cesar Azpilicueta have played with the local youngsters from the foundation. While Eden Hazard took part in a FC Harlem Blue Pitch Announcement together with Harlem coach, Irvine Smalls. The Blues has signed a partnership with Harlem foundation in 2013, which main aim is to help young players from underprivileged backgrounds.

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Eden Hazard has said to his team saying he is unhappy with pre-season training.

The Belgian star, who scored 14 goals and grabbed nine assists last season, as well as winning the PFA and Writers Player of the Year awards, has said he doesn’t appreciate the way that Chelsea prepare for their pre-season games.

Hazard said: “I can’t say I really enjoy training right now.

“Because we do a lot of running and work hard, but it’s good to be there and work on your fitness a little bit more than during the season when you do a lot of recovery and technical work.”

Hazard has however also said he is looking forward to start the new season, where Chelsea will look to defend their title.

“It’s good to be back. I had a great holiday. I went away with my family, and now I’m ready to be on the pitch again and get back to work.”


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Eden Hazard won the Player of the Year Award last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard spoke to Chelsea website about how good is to feel the competition again after the summer break and his expectations for the upcoming season:

It’s good to be back. I had a great holiday. I went away with my family, and now I’m ready to be on the pitch again and get back to work.

I can’t say I really enjoy training right now because we do a lot of running and work hard, but it’s good to be there and work on your fitness a little bit more than during the season when you do a lot of recovery and technical work.”

I really like it and I hope we can win trophies in it like we did last season.

Hazard was named Premier League Player of the Year and Chelsea Player of the Year, he has improved a lot since he joined the Blues in 2012, especially in the last two years with José Mourinho, who defined him “amazing”. This can bring more pressure on Eden that, anyway, looks calm:

“Everybody looks to you. You have to be ready for that and ready to lead by example to the younger players, off the pitch as well as on it.

Hazard was also Belgium captain in one of the games before the summer games, a special emotion for him:

“It was a special moment being captain of my country. I know Kompany was suspended and he is the captain, but I am the vice-captain now. It was my first experience with the armband, except in my last game for Lille.

“Now I am starting my fourth season here and I am an old man at Chelsea! I know all the guys and the staff well. I feel settled and comfortable with everybody and I think it’s very good to stay at one club for a long time.’


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