23-year-old player explains his poor season at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko has given Chelsea fans an explanation as to why he has been so poor this season.

The midfielder, who signed from Monaco, initially thrilled the Blues fans and he was seen as the man to replace Nemanja Matic, but his performances this season have been nowhere near good enough.

His performance against Watford was so poor it leads some Chelsea fans to say that it was “the worst performance by anyone ever in a Chelsea shirt”. The 23-year-old was sent off within 30 minutes as the Blues lost 4-1.

Bakayoko has tried to explain his poor season in England by saying the difference between the French league and the English is huge.

I think it’s clearly superior in England. It’s more intense, the difficulty level is higher.

There is no time to rest or drop the ball for one game, that’s clear and it becomes clearer with every game I play for Chelsea. It’s also really exciting and there is really no comparison.

Here I’d say it’s the intensity when you get the ball the time between defence and attack is so fast.

The ball just flies backwards and forwards, and that’s something unique to here whereas, in France, you have more time to build up your attacks, something you don’t have here.

Being just 23-years-old, Bakayoko is still young and can certainly develop into a top level player. With Antonio Conte looking set to leave after the FA Cup final, the new manager at the Bridge will look to come in and rejuvenate the Frenchman’s career.

Manchester United ramping up preparations for FA Cup final showdown against Chelsea

Jose Mourinho is sweating on the fitness of Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Martial and Lukaku both missed Sunday’s 1-0 over Watford but the Manchester United boss is keeping his fingers crossed the pair will be fit to feature.

Lukaku is due to training with his team-mates on Tuesday following an ankle problem but Martial remains a doubt after pulling up in training on Friday.

Boss Mourinho said: “I’m waiting for the doctor but when it’s impossible to play today, I have my doubts [for the cup final]. Let’s wait and see, also for Romelu. I know he will be back on Tuesday.”

Ashley Young is confident of Wembley glory after ending the Premier League season on a high with victory against the Hornets.

“If we win at the weekend, and finishing second, it will be a very good campaign but, if you ask all the players and staff, winning the league is where we need to be at,” he said.

“I think that’s the disappointment but, overall, I think it’s been a good season and, if we win the FA Cup, it’s been a very good season.

“Of course there’s excitement [for the final]. There is not anyone who is not excited. We’ve been there before and must prepare this week in the right way, which we will do.

“Everybody is wanting to be starting, wanting to play, and I’m no different.

“I want to play in the FA Cup final and obviously want success. There is no better feeling than when you win the FA Cup and walk up those stairs to pick up that trophy. Hopefully, we can do that.”

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