Tiemoue Bakayoko relishing the chance to emulate former mentor Claude Makelele
‘Claude Makelele is an example to aspire to. So to have the chance to follow in his footsteps here at Chelsea is a real motivation. Claude sought me out immediately and told me he believed in me, counted on me, and what I had to work on so I could offer more on the pitch.I knew the glittering career he’d had as one of the best midfielders in the world, so it was important to take on board every word he told me. Over time I felt I did improve as a player, and a lot of that was down to Claude. He still helps me now that I am here in England. ‘Since I started playing football I’ve always dreamed about playing for certain clubs. Chelsea was certainly one of those. When I was little I was inspired by Didier Drogba, and my family always spoke to me about Makelele, so Chelsea’s always been a club that attracted me.’
Baka is 🔵 #Blue!
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Blue is the colour for Tiémoué Bakayoko!
Makelele on Kante and Bakayoko:
“[Kanté] enjoys the job. He plays for his team-mates. He’s not selfish. Every manager in the world wants a player like that in his team. He produces the quality with his plays and his runs but that’s not all, he does the defensive work too. He has got everything a complete midfielder has. He is the perfect fit for the system Conte has put on the pitch.”
“I met [Bakayoko] when I was working in Monaco and I pushed him to make that position his own. He defends with such quality now. [Kante and Bakayoko] are so much stronger together. Kante runs a lot, Bakayoko is more of a dribbler, he’s more clever and powerful in possession.”
-Claude Makélélé; source: Evening Standard
#Chelsea will be debuting this gorgeous strip tonight! ?
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“I think the most important thing in football is to remember your individual challenges come through the team’s goals and the challenges facing the team. So last year, for example, I won the title with Monaco and this year my main objective is to win the title with Chelsea.
“I really think that if we manage to defend the Premier League title that will be an incredible achievement and over and above even what I achieved at Monaco, because of the difficulty of the league here. It’s all about the team and I’m very dedicated now to achieving the goals we have set ourselves.”
-Tiemoué Bakayoko; source: Chelsea FC
“The Champions League has a different feeling to it, compared to other competitions. It is the number one competition in the world. It’s always been my dream to play in the Champions League and win it. I am really determined to start the competition with Chelsea. Since I was young, I have had a good career and I gained a lot of experience last season. Chelsea is a great club, they always want to win trophies. So, it is certainly very important for me give my best for the club. The Champions League puts the pressure on us, especially when playing for a very big club like Chelsea. Chelsea want to win so we want that atmosphere and that pressure.“
-Tiemoué Bakayoko; source: London Evening Standard
100 – Tiemoue #Bakayoko is the 100th player to score for #Chelsea in European competition.
#Bakayoko makes it 4-0 and celebrates with #Hazard!???
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