HAZARD DISAPPOINTS AGAINST FORMER CLUB

Real Madrid star Eden Hazard produced a disappointing display against his former club Chelsea when the two teams met at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday for the second leg of their last four tie in the Champions League.

The Real Madrid playmaker was largely anonymous as his team crashed out of this season’s Champions League via a 3-1 aggregate loss at the hands of Premier League giants Chelsea.

Hazard spent a period of seven years at Chelsea from 2012 to 2019. He was signed by the Blues from French team Lille in the summer of 2012 after they saw off competition from London rivals Arsenal and other clubs. The Belgian national team talisman went on to become a key player for the West Londoners winning several Premier League titles aa well as the 2012/13 Europa League title.

While he was at Chelsea, Hazard won the 2014/15 Premier League title and the 2016/17 Premier League title with the club. He moved to Real Madrid for a club-record fee of £100m.

Hazard has not lived up to his price tag at Real Madrid mainly due to injury. He has been injured for the best part of his Real Madrid career. The Belgian made his first start for Real Madrid in several weeks during the second leg encounter at Chelsea and he was largely ineffective as the Blues scored a goal in each half to win the last four tie and go through to face Manchester City in the final.

Timo Werner scored the opener for the Blues in the first half before the goal from England international Mason Mount in the second half wrapped up a 2-0 win for Chelsea and also clinched the tie for the West Londoners. Chelsea would be targeting a second Champions League win when they face the Citizens in Istanbul at the end of the month.

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