Hernan Crespo FC
Inside Blue Tue 15 May 2018
Hernan Crespo will be back at the Bridge on Friday as part of the Inter Forever squad taking on a team of Chelsea Legends. Here are some of his favourite former team-mates.
The Argentinian’s time in west London was short and sweet, a two-season stint staggered across three years, but in that time he proved himself to be one of the most natural finishers to ever pull on the blue shirt.
The second of his two campaigns here saw him play his part in helping us to our second straight league title and he was privileged to call some incredible players his team-mate. But which five get the nod for Hernan Crespo FC?
‘I can pick only five players?’ He asked when we caught up with him ahead of his return to Stamford Bridge on Friday. ‘That is not enough!
‘The first one in my team is the captain, John Terry. He helped me a lot when I came to Chelsea – not with words, but with actions. When you saw him you knew, “This is my captain.”
‘Every single training session he would fight and work very hard. That is a true captain. I like him so much.
‘The second is Frankie Lampard. There are lots of goals from him, but also you must understand that it was very easy to play with him.
‘He scored lots, but he made a lot of passes too. If you move well, Frankie's passes are the best. I remember a goal I scored, Anderlecht away, and I have a lot of others that Frank created.
‘Now it is very hard to pick three more. I need a goalkeeper so I choose Petr Cech, who was in goal for most of that season when we won the title, but I’d like to mention Carlo Cudicini, who helped me so much when I came to Chelsea.
‘Carlo is the nicest guy and he taught me what I needed to know about the club and about playing in England.
‘I don't want to forget Claude Makelele. He was the one Ranieri said was the battery in the watch and you think football is easy when you see him play, but what he did was not easy. Playing midfield is very difficult, but he did it so well.
‘The last one I am choosing is Arjen Robben, who was incredible. He was so young when I played with him, but with the ball, wow. You look at him and you knew this guy was different.’