Friday, 27 October 2017

Hazard compares Morata with Costa: “When good players play together, they don’t need two years”


Eden Hazard says it took no time at all to strike up a partnership with Chelsea’s summer signing Alvaro Morata, a partnership similar to the one he had with Diego Costa.

Morata made the club-record move from Real Madrid over the summer, coming in as a replacement for Atletico Madrid bound Costa.

The Spaniard has hit the ground running in London, with six goals from his first eight Premier League games and another in the Champions League, and Hazard has hailed his new teammate’s ability.

“He’s a top striker,” he told Chelsea’s website.

“When good players play together, they don’t need to train two years. When we are on the pitch, we can see the movements he does and his technical ability is good so, with Alvaro – and, before, with Diego as well – it’s good.

“I try to have a good connection with my striker because, in my position, it’s good to have this player who is like a target man, so I need a good connection with him.”

Former manager not surprised to see Ampadu impress at Chelsea

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he is not surprised to see how well Welsh youngster Ethan Ampadu has adjusted to life at Chelsea following his summer move.

As reported by the BBC, Tisdale is delighted to see Ampadu settle in so quickly.

“He’s highly-motivated and we think he’ll do really well. We’re very proud of him making his first start for Chelsea in a first-team fixture. We’ve heard about his progress in the last two or three months, so to hear he’s been selected, played really well, played 90 minutes, we’re delighted for him – but we’re not surprised, he’s very talented.”

The former Exeter City midfielder made his first start in a Chelsea shirt on Wednesday night against Everton in the Carabao Cup.

It was Ampadu’s second appearance in the competition for his new side and the 17-year-old put in another impressive performance alongside Danny Drinkwater.

Ampadu showed composure and confidence beyond his years as he controlled the midfield in a 2-1 victory, with the Blues’ rewarded with a game against Bournemouth in the next round.

The two clubs remain in discussion about the compensation fee for the player who signed a professional contract at Stamford Bridge over the summer.

Because of the player’s age, no transfer fee is required but it has been reported that talks over a fee are progressing well.

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