‘The Rock’ was amazing. He was a nutcase, a winner and he came from a brilliant Milan side with a winning mentality, which we appreciated at Chelsea.
Graeme Le Saux
I enjoyed a great understanding with Graeme. He knew what I was good or bad at. He always talked and overlapped on the left, which let me go inside. Playing with Graeme was easy.
A very clever player who enjoyed the game. He was always comfortable on the ball and knew exactly when to do the right things. Unlike many wingers, he had a fine defensive instinct too.
Roberto Di Matteo
Despite being full of effort and determination, Robbie was a calm and cool player. He gave our Chelsea side great balance. A big-game player, he scored some important goals.
I’m leaving myself out of this midfield so it’s a bit off-balance, but Dennis would sort everything out. He did that. He would die for the team but was a very gifted player technically too.
He wasn’t a true forward, but had the attacking instincts of a forward. He was Uruguay’s main man for a long time – he was known as ‘The Prince’ there. The second-best player I ever played with.
The best I ever played with, no doubt. I used to marvel at him in training each day. Gianfranco made you a better player: he knew what I was going to do before I’d even thought of it.
He was a big, mad, character who scored a lot of goals, including against Arsenal in the 1995 Cup Winners’ Cup final. Strong in the air, his will to win would sometimes get him in trouble.
‘Chapi’ came to Chelsea from Barcelona full of confidence. He adapted easily and improved our team.
Small striker and unbelievable football player. I played with him for Uruguay. He was a success with Genoa.
Zaragoza’s Basque goalkeeper for 12 years, during the club’s best ever spell. Also won the league with Athletic Bilbao.
A relaxed, open and easygoing person who liked beautiful football. He always gave others confidence to perform well.
Interview: Andy Mitten. From the September 2011 issue of FourFourTwo.
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