MADRID – The images of Eden Hazard joking with Chelsea players after the elimination of Real Madrid in the Champions League have generated a “monumental” anger in the white club, according to different sources of the club revealed to ESPN.
The Belgian international was caught on camera on the Stamford Bridge lawn laughing with his former teammate Kurt Zouma and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy after Madrid said goodbye to the dream of winning their 14th Champions League after falling 2-0 in the match of round of semifinals.
Real Madrid fans reacted quickly on social media to criticize the Belgian and, according to ESPN, that anger also spread to some club members and even the dressing room.
In fact, a source acknowledged to ESPN that it is “intolerable” that Hazard showed “that attitude after an elimination” so painful for Madrid.
The same source reproaches the Belgian for not having “a little tact” after a performance as poor as the one he offered before his former teammates at Stamford Bridge.
However, Hazard left the starter to lead Madrid’s attack along with Karim Benzema but went practically unnoticed until, with the 2-0 against, he was replaced by Mariano in the 88th minute.
That anger has also reached the white squad. “Eden has enough experience not to have that attitude when the cameras are focusing on him,” a source tells ESPN before taking as an example another former Chelsea player like Thibaut Courtois, whose attitude to the cameras was different.
Hazard came to Madrid in the summer of 2019 as a record signing for the white club after seven successful seasons at Chelsea. The Belgian international had also been the star of his team at the 2018 World Cup and Zinedine Zidane saw him as the cornerstone on which to build his new project. However, Hazard has only played 37 games in two seasons at Madrid, being very irregular because of the 11 injuries he has suffered since he wears white.
Some media in Spain have predicted that his laughter after the elimination against Chelsea could mean his end as a Madrid footballer but at the club they are closing ranks for the moment after a very difficult night.
In fact, the source insists that “it was not the right time or place to give that image” but they believe that everything will be a “slap on the wrist” to the Belgian footballer.
The 2-0 hurt more in form than in substance, since the club values the fact of having come so far in the Champions League after a summer in which there was no signing. The team, physically very affected, is still in the fight for the League and maintained options to force extra time against Chelsea almost until the end of the game despite the fact that the blues were superior in the two semifinal matches.