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Jose Mourinho's poetic egg speech has got Al Jazeera English thinking just who are the eggs that the Portuguese manager is waiting to crack.
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When describing his team Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spoke of 'beautiful young eggs' waiting to be cracked. So that got us thinking... just who are these pretty young eggs? 

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Chief egg: At 22, and already with a season under his belt, Eden Hazard is one of the more developed Chelsea eggs. As part of Belgium's golden generation, there was much squawking around Stamford Bridge during his $50 million move from Lille. Hazard isa regular starter but after being compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo more is expected from this little chicky.
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Poster boy egg: Also 22, the fresh faced innocence and baby face of Oscar perfectly encapsulates Mourinho's 'beautiful young eggs' analogy. The Brazilian cost around $32 million from Brazil club Internacional. Oscar is just at the beginning of his career but is already part of the Brazilian set-up, and a talent to watch both at club and international level.
/Petr Josek/Reuters

New egg: Another egg and another Belgium - Kevin De Bruyne (L) broke onto the scene by receiving the man of the match award on his debut. However, with only two first team performances, it is unclear whether this egg will make an omlette.

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German egg: No prizes for guessing the age of this egg, yes Andre Schurrle is 22. The magic number at Chelsea. The forward has made four appearances for the Blues after arriving from Bayer Leverkusen in April. He is yet to score for his new club so will be grateful that 'father' Mourinho is ready with a blanket to keep him warm.
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Trial egg: Not officially a Chelsea player yet, 18-year-old triallist Bertrand Traore has made appearances for the club in friendlies. Here the Burkina Faso player battles Rizky Pellu of Indonesia all-Stars. If Traore is signed by Jose Mourinho - one thing is for certain, this egg faces stiff competition to make it into Chelsea's starting line-up.
/EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV
Defensive egg: At the tender age of 18, Nathan Ake (L) is in the true sense of the word a 'beautiful young egg'. Voted Chelsea's young player of the year in 2013, the Dutch player made his debut for Chelsea at only 17. He has made two more first team appearances since then, so this egg's future is uncertain. Young talent is ten to the dozen at Stamford Bridge.
/Wilfredo Lee/AP
'Dave' egg: With a complicated sounding name, Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta has apparently been christened by his teammates 'Dave.' And 'Dave' is held in high regard by fellow countryman Juan Mata, "He is a strong running right-back who has pace as well, so I think he is already a complete player." If this is the case, it might be time for Mourinho to get cracking.
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Fresh English egg: You don't find many English players in the EPL these days, and even less at Chelsea. Number 20, and only 20, there are high hopes for Josh McEachran who has had loan spells at Middlesbrough and Swansea.

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When describing his team Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spoke of (***)beautiful young eggs(***) waiting to be cracked. So that got us thinking... just who are these pretty young eggs? 

;*;Chief egg: At 22, and already with a season under his belt, Eden Hazard is one of the more developed Chelsea eggs. As part of Belgium\(***)s golden generation, there was much squawking around Stamford Bridge during his $50 million move from Lille. Hazard isa regular starter but after being compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo more is expected from this little chicky.;*;Poster boy egg: Also 22, the fresh faced innocence and baby face of Oscar perfectly encapsulates Mourinho\(***)s \(***)beautiful young eggs\(***) analogy. The Brazilian cost around $32 million from Brazil club Internacional. Oscar is just at the beginning of his career but is already part of the Brazilian set-up, and a talent to watch both at club and international level.;*;

New egg: Another egg and another Belgium - Kevin De Bruyne (L) broke onto the scene by receiving the man of the match award on his debut. However, with only two first team performances, it is unclear whether this egg will make an omlette.

;*;German egg: No prizes for guessing the age of this egg, yes Andre Schurrle is 22. The magic number at Chelsea. The forward has made four appearances for the Blues after arriving from Bayer Leverkusen in April. He is yet to score for his new club so will be grateful that \(***)father\(***) Mourinho is ready with a blanket to keep him warm. ;*;Trial egg: Not officially a Chelsea player yet, 18-year-old triallist Bertrand Traore has made appearances for the club in friendlies. Here the Burkina Faso player battles Rizky Pellu of Indonesia all-Stars. If Traore is signed by Jose Mourinho - one thing is for certain, this egg faces stiff competition to make it into Chelsea\(***)s starting line-up.;*;Defensive egg: At the tender age of 18, Nathan Ake (L) is in the true sense of the word a \(***)beautiful young egg\(***). Voted Chelsea\(***)s young player of the year in 2013, the Dutch player made his debut for Chelsea at only 17. He has made two more first team appearances since then, so this egg\(***)s future is uncertain. Young talent is ten to the dozen at Stamford Bridge.;*;\(***)Dave\(***) egg: With a complicated sounding name, Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta has apparently been christened by his teammates \(***)Dave.\(***) And \(***)Dave\(***) is held in high regard by fellow countryman Juan Mata, "He is a strong running right-back who has pace as well, so I think he is already a complete player." If this is the case, it might be time for Mourinho to get cracking.;*;

Fresh English egg: You don(***)t find many English players in the EPL these days, and even less at Chelsea. Number 20, and only 20, there are high hopes for Josh McEachran who has had loan spells at Middlesbrough and Swansea.

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In Pictures: Who are Mourinho's 'beautiful young eggs'Jose Mourinho's poetic egg speech has got Al Jazeera English thinking just who are the eggs that the Portuguese manager is waiting to crack. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27en-ussupport@newscred.comUntitled Site10Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:27:31 GMThttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/no-caption/5ed4d8c0ff4c6a01603f138edb275db0

When describing his team Mourinho said, "Beautiful young eggs, eggs that need a mum, in this case a dad, to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blankets and to work and improve them and one day we'll arrive in a moment when the weather changes, the sun rises, we break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level". But who are these eggs?

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/no-caption/5ed4d8c0ff4c6a01603f138edb275db0AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

When describing his team Mourinho said, "Beautiful young eggs, eggs that need a mum, in this case a dad, to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blankets and to work and improve them and one day we'll arrive in a moment when the weather changes, the sun rises, we break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level". But who are these eggs?

Scotland v Belgium - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifierhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/scotland-v-belgium-fifa-2014-world-cup-qualifier/20e7f7dd5afb816e61d0ec4783d3c792

Chief egg: At 22, and already with a season under his belt, Eden Hazard is one of the more developed Chelsea eggs. As part of Belgium's golden generation, there was much squawking around Stamford Bridge during his $50 million move from Lille. Hazard isa regular starter but after being compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo more is expected from this little chicky.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/scotland-v-belgium-fifa-2014-world-cup-qualifier/20e7f7dd5afb816e61d0ec4783d3c792Julian Finney/Getty ImagesScotland v Belgium - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

Chief egg: At 22, and already with a season under his belt, Eden Hazard is one of the more developed Chelsea eggs. As part of Belgium's golden generation, there was much squawking around Stamford Bridge during his $50 million move from Lille. Hazard isa regular starter but after being compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo more is expected from this little chicky.

UEFA Super Cup Previewshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/uefa-super-cup-previews/02dd824e54bd8494ab041c73b47f2a0d

Poster boy egg: Also 22, the fresh faced innocence and baby face of Oscar perfectly encapsulates Mourinho's 'beautiful young eggs' analogy. The Brazilian cost around $32 million from Brazil club Internacional. Oscar is just at the beginning of his career but is already part of the Brazilian set-up, and a talent to watch both at club and international level.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/uefa-super-cup-previews/02dd824e54bd8494ab041c73b47f2a0dShaun Botterill/Getty ImagesUEFA Super Cup Previews

Poster boy egg: Also 22, the fresh faced innocence and baby face of Oscar perfectly encapsulates Mourinho's 'beautiful young eggs' analogy. The Brazilian cost around $32 million from Brazil club Internacional. Oscar is just at the beginning of his career but is already part of the Brazilian set-up, and a talent to watch both at club and international level.

Chelsea players Demba Ba and Kevin de Bruyne joke during a practice session in Praguehttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/chelsea-players-demba-ba-and-kevin-de-bruyne-joke-during-a-practice-session-in-prague/7b0a2b79c4fc0fabd74311d4dfbbc4b8

New egg: Another egg, another 22-year-old, and another Belgium - Kevin De Bruyne has broken onto the Chelsea scene this season, already making an impression on his debut when he received the Man of the Match award. However, with only two first team peformances under his belt, it is unclear whether this egg will make an omlette or just be left on the bench to rot.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/chelsea-players-demba-ba-and-kevin-de-bruyne-joke-during-a-practice-session-in-prague/7b0a2b79c4fc0fabd74311d4dfbbc4b8Petr Josek/ReutersChelsea players Demba Ba and Kevin de Bruyne joke during a practice session in Prague

New egg: Another egg, another 22-year-old, and another Belgium - Kevin De Bruyne has broken onto the Chelsea scene this season, already making an impression on his debut when he received the Man of the Match award. However, with only two first team peformances under his belt, it is unclear whether this egg will make an omlette or just be left on the bench to rot.

Manchester United vs. Chelsea FChttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/manchester-united-vs-chelsea-fc/5c330f57ca84c4e28f1020da0f5c069c

German egg: No prizes for guessing the age of this egg, yes Andre Schurrle is 22. The magic number at Chelsea. The forward has made four appearances for the Blues after arriving from Bayer Leverkusen in April. He is yet to score for his new club so will be grateful that 'father' Mourinho is ready with a blanket to keep him warm.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/manchester-united-vs-chelsea-fc/5c330f57ca84c4e28f1020da0f5c069cEPA/PETER POWELLManchester United vs. Chelsea FC

German egg: No prizes for guessing the age of this egg, yes Andre Schurrle is 22. The magic number at Chelsea. The forward has made four appearances for the Blues after arriving from Bayer Leverkusen in April. He is yet to score for his new club so will be grateful that 'father' Mourinho is ready with a blanket to keep him warm.

Chelsea v Indonesia All-Starshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/chelsea-v-indonesia-all-stars/642e4d402dc2f64e852ea5f76355832a

Trial egg: Not officially a Chelsea player yet, 18-year-old triallist Bertrand Traore has made appearances for the club in friendlies. Here the Burkina Faso player battles Rizky Pellu of Indonesia all-Stars. If Traore is signed by Jose Mourinho - one thing is for certain, this egg faces stiff competition to make it into Chelsea's starting line-up.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/chelsea-v-indonesia-all-stars/642e4d402dc2f64e852ea5f76355832aStanley Chou/Getty ImagesChelsea v Indonesia All-Stars

Trial egg: Not officially a Chelsea player yet, 18-year-old triallist Bertrand Traore has made appearances for the club in friendlies. Here the Burkina Faso player battles Rizky Pellu of Indonesia all-Stars. If Traore is signed by Jose Mourinho - one thing is for certain, this egg faces stiff competition to make it into Chelsea's starting line-up.

Rubin Kazan vs Chelseahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/rubin-kazan-vs-chelsea/f5dbcb5189cb20bb3a438eddf1a71ba8

Defensive egg: At the tender age of 18, Nathan Ake (L) is in the true sense of the word a 'beautiful young egg'. Voted Chelsea's young player of the year in 2013, the Dutch player made his debut for Chelsea at only 17. He has made two more first team appearances since then, so this egg's future is uncertain. Young talent is ten to the dozen at Stamford Bridge.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/rubin-kazan-vs-chelsea/f5dbcb5189cb20bb3a438eddf1a71ba8EPA/YURI KOCHETKOVRubin Kazan vs Chelsea

Defensive egg: At the tender age of 18, Nathan Ake (L) is in the true sense of the word a 'beautiful young egg'. Voted Chelsea's young player of the year in 2013, the Dutch player made his debut for Chelsea at only 17. He has made two more first team appearances since then, so this egg's future is uncertain. Young talent is ten to the dozen at Stamford Bridge.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Raul Albiol, Francisco Alarcomhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/cesar-azpilicueta-raul-albiol-francisco-alarcom/39cd47ad02950efca4ae0118a203fd7f

'Dave' egg: With a complicated sounding name, Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta has apparently been christened by his teammates 'Dave.' And 'Dave' is held in high regard by fellow countryman Juan Mata, "He is a strong running right-back who has pace as well, so I think he is already a complete player." If this is the case, it might be time for Mourinho to get cracking.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/cesar-azpilicueta-raul-albiol-francisco-alarcom/39cd47ad02950efca4ae0118a203fd7fWilfredo Lee/APCesar Azpilicueta, Raul Albiol, Francisco Alarcom

'Dave' egg: With a complicated sounding name, Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta has apparently been christened by his teammates 'Dave.' And 'Dave' is held in high regard by fellow countryman Juan Mata, "He is a strong running right-back who has pace as well, so I think he is already a complete player." If this is the case, it might be time for Mourinho to get cracking.

FBL-THA-ASIA-ENG-PR-CHELSEAhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/fbl-tha-asia-eng-pr-chelsea/2063945e8d6c4365771d412b5713e9ff

Fresh English egg: You don't find many English players in the Premier League these days, and you find even less at Chelsea. Number 20, and only 20, there are high hopes for Josh McEachran who has made 15 apperances for Chelsea. After loan spells at Middlesborough and Swansea, it remains unclear whether the central midfielder is part of Mourinho's plans.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/In_Pictures%3A_Who_are_Mourinho%27s_%27beautiful_young_eggs%27/slideshow/fbl-tha-asia-eng-pr-chelsea/2063945e8d6c4365771d412b5713e9ffNICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty ImagesFBL-THA-ASIA-ENG-PR-CHELSEA

Fresh English egg: You don't find many English players in the Premier League these days, and you find even less at Chelsea. Number 20, and only 20, there are high hopes for Josh McEachran who has made 15 apperances for Chelsea. After loan spells at Middlesborough and Swansea, it remains unclear whether the central midfielder is part of Mourinho's plans.



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