All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including loan star, likened to Manchester United attacker Adnan Januaj, assisting on loan debut.
Chelsea supporter enthusiasm for Bertrand Traore began during a successful trial period last summer where the Burkina Faso 18-year-old went on to secure a contract in October, but could only officially transfer at the very start of 2014, when the mid-season transfer market opened for trading.
While Januzaj is no doubt more experienced in the Premier League, Traore is fast heightening the awareness of his name as he starred in his debut for loan club Vitesse Arnham, a breeding ground for future Blue stars enjoying temporary stays. Who did Traore assist in the friendly win over Wolfsburg? None other than fellow Chelsea wonderkid Lucas Piazon.
In other loan news, the club confirmed that Kenneth Omerou, a defender, would embark on a temporary spell at Middlesbrough, linking up with Aitor Karanka while out-of-form striker Demba Ba may well exact a short-term switch to Crystal Palace providing Tony Pulis can tie up a permanent deal for Jason Puncheon as they already have the maximum two domestic loan deals allowed.
And finally, Barcelona star Xavi has insinuated that wherever Mourinho goes he fails to leave a legacy due to the style of football that he ensures his sides play.
Panenka Magazine quote the Spaniard to have said: 'Jose Mourinho is a coach who focuses only on results. He says he is ‘The Special One’ because he won this and that in so many countries but I do not like the way his teams play.
'Who remembers the Inter side who were champions of Europe? For me, he has not left a legacy, unlike Cruyff has in the Netherlands.'
Fair? Not for me.
Internazionale's victory over Barcelona was a tactical masterclass… a case of being lemon, perhaps?
Oh, one last thing, Branislav Ivanovic recalls the phone call he got from flesh-hungry Luis Suarez after the infamous biting that resulted in the latter gaining a ten match ban… more here.
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