Gary Cahill on Chelsea’s squad depth and penalty system
“In terms of quality we’ve certainly got that and you just have to hope we don’t have too many injuries.
“My first impression of it is I’m not a fan. We were a couple of goals down after one penalty so mentally that’s different than when you’ve got one, one, one, one.” (Evening Standard)
Stuart Pearce on wantaway striker Diego Costa
“No one bullies defenders like Costa, if I am being honest with you. I think it is a massive gamble from Chelsea. He is leaving the club. He is the catalyst that makes Hazard work behind him, Pedro work behind him and I think it is a massive gamble from Chelsea.
“I think Costa is really suited for English football. I think it is a gamble, there are too many questions coming out of Chelsea at the moment, a little bit of unease. Last season they were fortunate, no real injuries to the whole squad through the season.” (football.london)
Former Chelsea Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on the possibility of a Chelsea implosion and Danny Drinkwater
“It all probably started in February when there were all those rumours about Costa wanting to leave and he could go to China.
“He was left out of the next squad and all of a sudden he reappeared as if nothing had happened, but I think under the surface there were always rumbles.
“Then come the summer, Costa comes out with the texts Conte sent him basically saying he can leave, and I think that was always going to cause problems.
“The longer this all goes on, there’s always going to be that destruction for Chelsea.
“Now, considering all the problems they’ve had with bringing players in, with players leaving and the Costa thing still hanging over the club – he would be an enormous loss and one that would cause a lot of problems for them when the season starts.”
“I think he’s [Drinkwater] capable of making that step up. Whether or not he’s someone who will play week-in week-out, whether he’s good enough to make that step up to be a mainstream player in Chelsea’s first XI, we’ll only know once he makes that step if it happens.
“But he’s definitely got the ability.” (talkSPORT)
Striker Michy Batshuayi hits back at allegations he was laughing after Alvaro Morata missed his penalty in the Community Shield