Carlo Cudicini has described Cesc Fabregas as ‘one of a kind’ after his appearance in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Fabregas has been linked with a move to French club Monaco in the January transfer window and his appearance in Chelsea’s FA Cup victory appeared to be his last for the club.The midfielder came off to a standing ovation by the crowd and his team-mates in the second half and came back on the pitch after the game in tears as Chelsea fans sang his name.“I personally don’t know. If it was his last game it was very good that he played in front of his fans and that he was able to have a nice reception. But I don’t know, so I can’t comment,” Cudicini, standing in on press duties for Maurizio Sarri, told Sky Sports.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“What can I say about Cesc? Five hundred games, he is a player who is unique, he has an unbelievable awareness and vision of where his team-mates are on the pitch.“I think he is one of the few that has the ability to give balls behind the defensive line that are so precise.“He is one of a kind player. He has been fantastic for the teams he played for before us and the contribution he has given this club and to this team has been amazing. Cesc is a top, top player.”
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic hopes they will be in the draw for the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, amid the controversy over their decision to select an ineligibleB team defender Juan Brandariz “Chumi” was selected to start in last week’s 2-1 first leg defeat to Levante UD, despite being suspended for receiving a fifth booking in a second division match.This breaches the Spanish FA’s (RFEF) disciplinary code with Levante president Quico Catalan announcing his plans to complain over the matter which could expel Barcelona from the Copa del Rey.Should Catalan have his way, then Barcelona would lose the chance to win the competition for a fifth time in a row.“I really wanted to win this cup,” said Rakitic after Barcelona’s 3-0 second leg win on Thursday night, via Marca.“I’ve won it every year that I’ve been here and I don’t want to stop.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I hope we’re in the draw.“It’s important that the right thing is done, I think the club has done the right things and all was well and normal.”On how he found out about Chumi’s suspension, Rakitic said: “I found out after I woke up from my nap. I had a lot of messages on my phone and it surprised me a little.“We didn’t talk about it too much, we were focused on the game.”Barcelona won the second leg of their last-16 tie against Levante 3-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals with a 4-2 aggregate win after Ousmane Dembele’s brace and a Lionel Messi goal at Camp Nou on Thursday night.