All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including particularly interesting quotes attributed to star Arsenal man.
Chelsea returned to West London on Tuesday evening with a quarterfinal League Cup progression secured at Arsenal's expense thanks to goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata.
The Blues were in control for the vast majority of the game and, while there has been much post-match reaction to the scoreline and it's potential ramifications in future fixtures, not much of the spotlight has been shone on curious quotes from star Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, who handed his shirt to his previous manager at Real Madrid; Jose Mourinho.
Mesut Ozil: “I gave my jersey to Mourinho because he’s the best coach in the world and I love him like a father.” pic.twitter.com/jz7l0nmS38— Transfer Sources (@TransferSources) October 30, 2013
Mourinho was the man who brought Ozil to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, where they worked together for three seasons. There is clearly a bond between the two and, even though Ozil cited a conversation with Arsene Wenger where the Frenchman fully supported him and trusted his ability as one of the primary reasons for his Gunners switch, it appears he allegedly holds the Portuguese in a higher regard as a coach.
According to the quote, Ozil believes Mourinho to be the best in the world, better, therefore, than his current boss; Wenger.
'I gave my jersey to Mourinho because he’s the best coach in the world and I love him like a father,' both the Express and Metro report the 25-year-old to have said. Ozil gifting his shirt to Mourinho was also picked up by The Independent and Daily Mail, however, they did not not run the thus-far unattributed quote which has crossed borders and been picked up by the German press.
Speaking of Arsenal, Chelsea's left-back and former Young Gun, Ashley Cole, has spoken of his desire to see out his twilight years at Stamford Bridge. The defender is quoted by Express to have said: 'I signed an extension at the start of the year and so have this year left. However, that will be up at the end of the season. I hope to stay for longer.
I have had a great time here, a great career here and, of course, I'd love to stay if they still want me. There is going to be a time when they will have to replace me. I have Ryan Bertrand in my place and one day I'm going to want to watch him play, so the time will come when I will finish my career.'
From one full back to another as Chelsea's League Cup hero Azpilicueta has talked up the team's title chances. Arsenal engage in a gauntlet run of quality opposition… it began last night but continues throughout November, while the Blues have already taken on both Manchester City and Arsenal, winning both games.
'We are improving in every game and this is the most important thing. We are growing up as a team. We are in second, two points less than Arsenal, and we're now going to try and get up to first.'
And finally, for the fans who still can't get enough of Tuesday's Battle of London, here is a gif of Mata merking the Gunners midfield.
image: © jansolo09