According to the Spanish manager, the England midfielder is a “lighthouse”, who will make other players better.
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The 24-year-old spent three years at Stamford Bridge after joining from Bayer Leverkusen for £71 million.
Los Blancos entered Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg with a strong advantage, having recorded a 2-0 win when the two teams locked horns at Bernabeu in the reverse fixture last week.
Fresh from booking their spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last week, the Blues picked up their second successive win in the Premier League, proving too strong for Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
Die Mannschaft struck through Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz (2) and Niclas Fullkrug at the Al Bayt Stadium, with the former putting his nation a goal to the good before Yeltsin Tejeda and Juan Pablo Vargas turned the tie on its head.
He curled in the winner from outside the area in the 64th minute for Chelsea to consolidate first place in Group E.
Managerless Wolves were outclassed by the Blues as Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja scored the goals for Graham Potter’s side. In the second half, Chukwuemeka came on to make his first appearance for Chelsea in the Premier League.
The 20-year-old led from the front for the Gunners in March, claiming two goals and an assist from four Premier League matches as Mikel Arteta’s side broke into the top four of the table.
Chelsea owner Abramovich has been sanctioned by the British government after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the fall-out has placed the future of the European champions in doubt.
Kai Havertz – starting upfront in place of benched Romelu Lukaku – gave Chelsea an early lead within the first 10 minutes.
Romelu Lukaku gave the European champions the lead shortly after the break in Abu Dhabi, before Raphael Veiga got their Brazilian opponents back on level terms from the penalty spot.
Czech Republic forward Vydra came off the bench to convert the Clarets’ only chance at Stamford Bridge, canceling out Kai Havertz’s 33rd-minute effort that had seemingly put the league leader on course for a fifth-straight top-flight win.
The Blues needed penalties to get past Southampton at Stamford Bridge after the game ended 1-1 in the 90 minutes.
The Blues marched to a 1-0 win over Brentford in gameweek eight, while Norwich claimed their second point of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Jorginho converted two penalties, while Andreas Christensen and Kai Havertz laid on classy finishes – but Chelsea’s new injuries still grabbed the greatest attention.
Kai Havertz’s looping header put the visitors in front before Reece James was sent-off in first-half stoppage time for handball on his own goal line and Mohamed Salah converted the resulting penalty.
The 19-year-old has been part of the Blues’ first-team squad since the start of the year and has consistently impressed Thomas Tuchel in training following the German’s appointment in January.
Having failed to net in his 15 appearances during his first Chelsea spell, Lukaku needed just a quarter of an hour to make his mark as the Blues ran out 2-0 winners at the Emirates Stadium.
After scoring 15 Premier League goals for the Blues in the 2020-21 season when Frank Lampard was in charge, Abraham saw his opportunities diminish under Tuchel last season.
The 20-year-old striker is expected to be chased by several of Europe’s elite this summer, with Sportsmail revealing in March that the Blues are one of three European sides interested in the forward, along with Manchester City and Real Madrid.