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Sport Hazard endures harsh return as his Real Madrid side are knocked out

01:05  06 may  2021
01:05  06 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Zidane insists Hazard is ready to 'push on' against Chelsea

  Zidane insists Hazard is ready to 'push on' against Chelsea The Belgian could start Tuesday's semi-final first leg after returning from a muscle injury in Saturday's 0-0 draw against Real Betis, and Zidane believes he will 'bring a lot' to his team.The Belgian could start Tuesday's semi-final first leg after returning from a muscle injury during Saturday's 0-0 draw against Real Betis.

Hazard started at the weekend and showed flashes of his brilliant former self. So, is the Belgian returning at just the right time for Madrid , to knock - out the club which once loved him? Stunning solo efforts, two Premier League titles and THAT goal against Arsenal - Eden Hazard had the best moments of his career at Chelsea and Real Madrid 's £143m man returns to Stamford Bridge tonight with a Champions League final spot at stake. Eden Hazard is back at Stamford Bridge for the first time since leaving in 2019.

Eden Hazard ’s Real Madrid ’s career to date hasn’t exactly panned out how he surely imagined. Signed for €100m as Los Blancos’ first true ‘Galactico’ in years, the Belgian was billed as the natural heir to Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu. Chelsea certainly seem to have got the better end of the club-record deal that sent their best player to Spain. This, however, could change if Hazard propels Real Madrid past his former side and into this season’s Champions League final with Chelsea welcoming the 13-times European champions to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

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Home comforts, in the end, did not inspire Eden Hazard and this would prove to be an exciting glimpse of Chelsea's future rather than a wistful reflection on a golden past.

It was a night for the next generation. Timo Werner and Kai Havertz combined for the first, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic for the second, to kill the tie and send them to Istanbul.

Edouard Mendy resisted in goal behind Thomas Tuchel's miserly defensive unit and N'Golo Kante ran the show in midfield, resurgent, back to supreme best.

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How they all deserved to be cheered from the pitch to the sound of One Step Beyond.

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Eden Hazard has been marred with injuries this season and now that he has returned to the Real Madrid squad for the UCL 2021 semi-final match against Chelsea, there have been a lot of speculations if he will feature in the playing XI. Amid these speculations, the Belgian footballer has dropped a major hint on his social media about his inclusion in the playing XI. In the second leg, the team is boosted with the return of Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, Fede Valverde and Ferland Mendy.

Eden Hazard reaction goes viral in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Real Madrid . Chelsea booked their place in the Champions League final as a Real Madrid star became a laughing stock for the wrong reason. A return to the biggest game in club football is also the culmination of a huge turnaround in Chelsea’s fortunes since Thomas Tuchel replaced the sacked Frank Lampard in January. Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane welcomed back captain Sergio Ramos from injury for the first time in six weeks, while Eden Hazard was handed a rare start in an injury-hit season on his return to Stamford

Victory ought to have been more comfortable. Tuchel's team were wasteful but they fizzed with energy. They carved open Real Madrid and they bristled with possibilities.

Real required all their experience and more than a little luck to hang in the tie. They refused to fold but, ultimately, they crashed out with the look of fading champions.

Hazard could not summon one of those match-winning performances after so long out. It proved to be more than an hour before he conjured an attempt at goal, saved by Mendy.

'We do not need a miracle or crazy stuff,' Tuchel said. All he needed was a clean sheet and his team specialise in them. All he needed his back-four to play to form.

Only the closed doors of the pandemic denied Hazard what would have been a rapturous homecoming. They really do cherish their returning heroes at Stamford Bridge.

Pulisic WON'T reach Hazard's level, insists Jamie Carragher

  Pulisic WON'T reach Hazard's level, insists Jamie Carragher Jamie Carragher admitted he is a 'big fan' of the American winger but believes comparisons between Hazard and Pulisic overlook just how good the Belgian was in England. © Provided by Daily Mail ( © Provided by Daily Mail ( 'I'm a big fan (of Pulisic) but I don't think he'll get to the level of Eden Hazard... apologies, he won't,' Carragher told CBS Sports on Tuesday following the sides' 1-1 draw in Madrid.

Real Madrid are 13-time European champions, last claiming title in 2018; Chelsea champions in 2012. Winner will face Man City in final in Istanbul on Saturday, 29 May. Eden Hazard helped Chelsea win the Premier League twice in a seven-season spell at Stamford Bridge and he plays for Real Madrid against his old side , replacing Marcelo. Defenders Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane both played in the first leg but are ruled out through injury with Ferland Mendy and club captain Sergio Ramos coming in.

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They hailed Didier Drogba when he came back in the colours of Galatasaray and Petr Cech with the Arsenal cannon of his chest. They incurred the wrath of Jose Mourinho by singing Frank Lampard's name as he equalised against them for Manchester City.

They once stood to applaud when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored for Charlton and they would have embraced Hazard even though his intention was to ruin their night.

Certainly more so than Thibaut Courtois. Certainly, a friendlier welcome than Hazard received from Andreas Christensen, who gave him a cuddle during an early break in play and then cut him down from behind at the first opportunity.

Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta, perhaps the two Chelsea players who know him best, on the right side of the back-five, were entrusted to keep him quiet.

Jorginho picked up an early yellow card for tripping Hazard as he stretched out of defence on a counter-attack: a spin and little explosion of pace, like a rubber ball.

Lukaku plotting against old club Chelsea with Hazard and Courtois

  Lukaku plotting against old club Chelsea with Hazard and Courtois With the semi-final encounter finely poised after a 1-1 draw, both sides are just 90 minutes away from booking their spot in the final - and Lukaku is showing no loyalty to his former club.Lukaku, who has just wrapped up the Serie A title with Inter Milan at the weekend, has been speaking with his compatriots ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, where Hazard and Courtois are set to feature in Madrid colours.

Real Madrid ’s Karim Benzema gets the home side back on level pegging. Real Madrid ’s Karim Benzema celebrates scoring his side ’s equaliser. From out of nowhere he almost plundered an equaliser! Real Madrid ’s Karim Benzema shoots 8 min: Vinicus invites Benzema to send him through with a one-two but the Frenchman slightly overhits the return pass, forcing the striker wide on the left.

Hazard became a legend at Chelsea over seven seasons before he departed for Madrid in 2019 in a €100 million (£87m/1m) transfer. The Belgian will be at Stamford Bridge for the first time since his departure on Wednesday as Madrid face Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final. Hazard has struggled with injuries since leaving Stamford Bridge, failing to live up to his huge price tag in Madrid thus far. The 30-year-old has been limited to just 17 total appearances this season, but appears to be finding fitness as Madrid push for two major trophies to close out the season.

'The most talented footballer I've ever played with,' said BT Sport pundit Joe Cole, a teammate of Hazard's at Lille. 'It's unfathomable how it hasn't worked out for him at Real Madrid.'

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Two seasons in Spain have been marred by injuries, besides the lockdown disruptions. He has been criticised for his fitness and physical conditioning which can go awry when he is not playing regularly.

No-one who saw his seven years at Chelsea will question his natural talent. Nor his ability to seize responsibility on the big nights. He was the creative force behind the second decade of the Roman Abramovich era.

He arrived when they were European champions and departed having won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Europa League twice. His final appearance for Chelsea was a dazzling display, complete with two goals in the Europa League final against Arsenal, taking his total to 110 for the club.

This prize eluded him and maybe he could imagine fate smiling upon him as he recovered his fitness in time to face Chelsea and was selected by Zinedine Zidane to start in London.

Zidane's rallying cry caught on microphones at Stamford Bridge

  Zidane's rallying cry caught on microphones at Stamford Bridge The Spanish giants need to get on the scoresheet at Stamford Bridge after Thomas Tuchel's side scored a crucial away goal in the first leg of their tie in Madrid last week as the pair played out a 1-1 draw.The Spanish giants need to get on the scoresheet at Stamford Bridge after Thomas Tuchel's side scored a crucial away goal in the first leg of their tie in Madrid last week as the two European giants played out a 1-1 draw.

There must have been a tingle down his spine as he stepped into a familiar area, albeit it from an unfamiliar angle, with a long walk from the health club doubling up as the away team dressing room, behind the Matthew Harding Stand.

Perhaps Zidane was banking on instinct kicking in as Real's number seven, the number worn by Cristiano Ronaldo during his nine years at the club. He settled into his favoured berth, wide on the left, looking to twist inside and flicker in the areas in and around centre forward Karim Benzema.

The surface was slick from a pre-match downpour and his stage seemed to be set. Yet it quickly became evident Hazard was not at his sharpest. There were flicks and bursts, a foot on the ball and a pirouette clear of Jorginho as he dug deeper for inspiration.

But he was not at his sharpest. He is 30, has not played regularly and was not in his rhythm. His Real teammates, in fact, often seemed to think twice about giving him the ball.

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It was Benzema who threatened Edouard Mendy's goal in the first 45 minutes, as he had done in Madrid. And it was Chelsea who struck first, a goal nodded by Werner into an empty net after fine play by Kante and Havertz.

As Real search for a successor to Ronaldo so Chelsea search for a successor to Hazard. Havertz is a different type of footballer. Taller and more elegant, he plays the game at a different pace.

Werner and Pulisic are closer in style to the Belgian and they both found the net in this semi-final. Havertz, however, may be the player who matures into his natural successor once he finds his true role in Tuchel's team.

His key contribution to the Werner goal may prove a significant stage of their development into new Chelsea heroes. This night belonged to them and not to the returning legend.

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