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Eden Hazard irrepressible on his Chelsea return against Newc

Postby chanoudom » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:36 pm

Eden Hazard irrepressible on his Chelsea return against Newcastle


sbo888 Eden Hazard was targeted for rough treatment by Newcastle on Super Sunday, but he shrugged it off to play a key role in Chelsea's 2-1 win. It bodes well for his future - and Chelsea's - under Maurizio Sarriā€¦"Two-hundred per cent ready." That was how Eden Hazard described himself shortly before Chelsea's meeting with Newcastle. The Belgian has been carefully managed by Maurizio Sarri following his World Cup exploits, appearing only as a substitute in their first two games, but he was true to his word on his first start of the season at St James' Park.

Sarri had said Hazard was only fit enough for "50 or 60 minutes" in his pre-match press conference, but it is a measure of his influence that he ended up completing the 90. sbo888 Newcastle were set up to frustrate - ceding possession and piling men behind the ball - but Hazard was a constant threat, capping a man-of-the-match display by dispatching Chelsea's controversial penalty.

There were no signs of rustiness - only the usual intent and imagination on the ball and determination off it. Hazard was targeted by Newcastle from the start, with Matt Ritchie raking his studs down the back of his leg inside the first minute, but he did not hide. Instead, he kept showing for the ball; kept trying to make things happen.

Hazard relished the freedom to drift across Chelsea's front line. sbo888 He popped up in both wide and central positions, and showed his usual quick feet and close control in tight situations. On the hour-mark, he flashed a low shot wide. Soon after that he teed up Pedro for an excellent chance following another mazy dribble from the left.
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Joe Thompson on how he battled back from cancer twice to liv

Postby chanoudom » Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:02 am

Joe Thompson on how he battled back from cancer twice to live his dream


wwwpic5678 Joe Thompson has battled back from cancer twice to live his football dream and score a fairytale goal for Rochdale. The 29-year-old has survived cancer twice and returned to score a winner for Rochdale that kept them in Sky Bet League One on the final day of last season.

Finding out you had cancer
I was diagnosed in October 2013 and now I know that looking back I had been suffering for quite some time - probably 18 months to two years. I was at Tranmere and I didn't feel like I'd done myself justice in the first season. They had signed me for a fee and I wanted to impress and improve, but I hadn't done myself justice in that first year, so I wanted to hit the ground running in my second year.

I didn't take any time off, I just continued to work and went into pre-season raring to go. I started the season really well and got a couple of goals and a few man-of-the-match awards, but then it just came out of nowhere.

Trying to get back into football
The gutting thing was seeing how ruthless the industry of football is. I had done six months of chemotherapy and got the all clear from the doctors. I was in remission and I was obviously looking to start building and trying to get back into it and then my P45 from Tranmere came through the post one morning. At that point I was like: 'right, where do we go from here?' wwwpic5678 Thankfully for me Bury were interested, so I went and signed for them for a year.

I was mindful of rejoining Rochdale because I had left on a good note after we had won promotion for the first time in years and I didn't want to tarnish anything I had done. I didn't feel physically ready to go back and try and keep up the standards that I had left on.

The cancer returns
It was totally different to the first time. I was unwell and everything happened so quickly. I just went for a routine scan and they told me there were tumours on my chest, where I had quite a large mass the first time round. So I was angry. I was really angry. And I was tearful. I have no shame in saying that. But it was gutting.

My daughter was one at the time, wwwpic5678 but we're three years on now and things have changed. She's grown up a lot and I've had a lot of questions to answer because she was obviously quite unsure about why I was going to have to spend so much time in hospital.
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