Eden Hazard laughs as Chelsea reach Champions League final; Real Madrid feel 'monumental anger' - sources

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Eden Hazard had some wonderful moments at Chelsea as Real Madrid star returns to the Bridge tonight

Daily Mail 06 May, 2021 - 09:20am

By Kieran Jackson For Mailonline

He was the Blues hero who wowed supporters with his mesmeric skill on the ball but tonight Eden Hazard returns to Stamford Bridge on a mission to deny his former employers a spot in the biggest game in club football. 

The advantage is with Chelsea after a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid last week, in a game Thomas Tuchel's side dominated and, frankly, should have won.

Late in proceedings, Hazard returned from injury and played a cameo role. On Saturday, he started and played 70 minutes in the win against Osasuna. So, is the Belgian returning at just the right time, to knock-out the club which once loved him?

Eden Hazard had some memorable moments at Stamford Bridge as he returns tonight 

Hazard has struggled at Real Madrid but showed signs of form on Saturday against Osasuna

Trophies: Premier League (2014-15, 2016-17), FA Cup (2017-18), EFL Cup (2014-15), Europa League (2012-13, 2018-19) 

The 30-year-old had the best moments of his career at Stamford Bridge, progressing from one of Europe's brightest young talents upon signing from Lille in 2012 to a £143m player seven years later. 

The moments which spring immediately to mind are the individual flashes of brilliance, often on the biggest of stages. 

Arguably his best ever goal came on this ground, against Arsenal in February 2017. 

Any Blues fan will remember it like yesterday. Receiving the ball in the centre-circle, Chelsea's No 10 pushed aside the tepid challenge of Francis Coquelin and advanced towards the penalty area. 

From there, he shimmied left, than back to the right - leaving Gunners centre backs Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi stranded - before finishing cleverly into the corner beyond former team-mate Petr Cech. 

It was Hazard's finest moment in a campaign where he picked up his second Premier League winners' medal, this time under Antonio Conte. 

The Belgian attacking star won two Premier League titles at Chelsea - in 2015 and 2017 

One of the best performances that season was a 5-0 thrashing of Everton, with Hazard scoring two exquisite goals. 

Two years earlier, Hazard registered 19 goals in 52 games in all competitions and was voted the PFA Player of the Year for his work in Jose Mourinho's title-winners.

That season, he scored the goal which clinched the Premier League, against Crystal Palace at the Bridge.

But it was his goal a season later - in a 2015-16 campaign which actually saw the Belgian's performance level drop considerably - which is perhaps the most memorable of them all. 

London rivals Tottenham needed to win at the Bridge to keep their slim title chances alive. Anything else, and Leicester were champions.

Hazard scored the crucial equaliser against Tottenham which handed Leicester the 2016 title 

On a feisty, raucous occasion, Spurs went 2-0 up but Chelsea roared back, with Hazard scoring the equaliser with 10 minutes to go to break Spurs hearts. 

It was the sort of goal you feel you saw every other week from Hazard. Cutting in from the left at rapid speed, a give-and-go with a midfielder before curling inch-perfectly into the far corner. 

In the years that followed, Hazard became Chelsea's most important player and the side's constant threat when the likes of Diego Costa came and went, and the old guard were recycled for upcoming talent. 

His final season though was the most prolific of them all, under Maurizio Sarri. 

The Belgian scored 21 times to, practically single-handedly, guide Chelsea to a Champions League finish as well as glory in the Europa League. 

Hazard's most prolific season was his last at Chelsea, which secured him a move to Madrid 

In his penultimate month, he scored an incredible solo goal, weaving past three players right through the heart of the West Ham defence before a low finish into the corner. 

By this point in his career, Chelsea fans instinctively knew they were seeing his last hurrah. 

Yet despite a mega-£143m move that summer to Madrid, Hazard has struggled badly in the Spanish capital. 

Hazard appeared from the bench last week and could he make the difference late on tonight? 

His fitness has been in the spotlight, he has been unlucky with injuries and in nearly two years has scored just four times for Zinedine Zidane's side. 

However, he showed a few flashes at the weekend of his stunning ability. He is unlikely to start tonight, but don't discount Hazard making the difference from the bench. 

These huge games often come down to big moments. Hazard was the king of the big moment at Stamford Bridge only this time, Chelsea will be hoping he fails to perform at the place he used to call home.  

The Belgian was in mesmeric form in the early months under Antonio Conte, stealing the show against the Toffees with two goals of the highest quality - the first an accurate finish into the corner and the second a brilliant run and finish. 

The winger scored twice in one of the most complete team performances under Antonio Conte

By this point, his time at Chelsea was coming to an end but boy did he give the Chelsea fans a goodbye gift, beating three players and finishing with aplomb from the edge of the box.  

Hazard scored a sublime goal against West Ham in one of his final games at Stamford Bridge 

This was the first season - his third at Chelsea - where Hazard reached the next level , as he won the PFA Player of the Year award in a title-winning season under Jose Mourinho. He scored the title-clinching goal too, from a penalty rebound, against Palace. 

Hazard celebrates his goal against Palace on the day he won his first Premier League title

One of Hazard's most memorable moments came as Chelsea denied Tottenham a win at the Bridge in 2015-16, thus handing the crown to Leicester in a clash famous for a number of scraps throughout the evening.  

Hazard's equaliser against Spurs in the Battle of Stamford Bridge handed the title to Leicester

He picked the ball up in the centre-circle, shrugged off Francis Coquelin, turned Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi inside-out before finishing beyond Petr Cech - a goal of individual beauty. 

The Belgian's goal against Arsenal was a stunning display of individual quality back in 2017 

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West Brom forward posts brilliant three-word reaction during Chelsea’s match last night

HITC - Football, Gaming, Movies, TV, Music 06 May, 2021 - 07:30am

West Bromwich Albion striker Callum Robinson has joked that Real Madrid needed to bring him on against Chelsea last night.

Thomas Tuchel’s side dumped Madrid out of the Champions League yesterday to progress to the final with relative ease.

Chelsea looked completely comfortable dealing with the likes of Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema.

However, the Chelsea defence certainly haven’t found the tools to deal with West Brom’s Robinson just yet.

Robinson has scored five goals in three games against Chelsea, and netted a brace at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.

And he brilliantly joked on Twitter last night, as Chelsea were about to progress.

Unfortunately for Robinson any move to Real Madrid looks unlikely to happen any time soon, and he will have to go back to focusing on trying to keep West Brom up.

The Baggies look almost doomed at this point, but they face a game against Arsenal, which they will need to take three points from to stand any chance of pulling off the great escape.

In other news, Fabrizio Romano claims Everton want Barcelona talent Ronald Araujo

Is Chelsea's N'Golo Kante the best central midfielder in the world?

The Athletic 06 May, 2021 - 04:05am

Is Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante the best central midfielder in the world?

Chelsea should have beaten Real Madrid by more goals in their Champions League semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.

But the two that they did tuck away had one significant common theme: N’Golo Kante.

The Frenchman was the architect of both Timo Werner’s opener and Mason Mount’s second-half strike as he helped drive Thomas Tuchel’s team into the final.

It was a superb all-round display, brought into sharper focus by four flagging world-class opponents: Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric and former team-mate Eden Hazard.

So where does Kante rank now? Is he arguably the best central midfielder on the planet?

Come and discuss with your fellow subscribers now…

'Magic' Kante praised 'brilliant' display for Chelsea as he proves Cesc right

talkSPORT.com 05 May, 2021 - 03:04pm

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The Frenchman absolutely dominated Real Madrid last week and picked up right where he left off in the second leg on Wednesday evening as the Blues progressed to the Champions League final with a superb 2-0 (3-1 agg) victory at Stamford Bridge.

He ran Real’s midfield ragged as they drew 1-1 in Spain last week but had no plans in stopping there as he played a special role in both goals as Timo Werner and Mason Mount sent the Blues to the final in Istanbul.

For the first, Kante surged forward with power before playing in Kai Havertz, whose shot bounced off the crossbar for Werner to head home.

The 30-year-old almost single-handedly set up the goal and on talkSPORT commentary duties, Rangers legend Ally McCoist praised the World Cup winner for his brilliant surging run in the lead up to the ‘special’ team goal.

“What a part in the goal Kante plays. Absolutely magic.” McCoist said.

“He plays a little give and go with Timo Werner, gets the ball back and releases Havertz.

“He dinks it over Courtois, it comes back off the crossbar. Who’s there? Timo Werner with the easiest goal, he’ll never score a simpler goal.

“Marvellous goal. The part Kante plays is brilliant. Everything about it was perfect.”

The dogged midfielder played a similarly brilliant role for Mount’s late strike, teeing up Christian Pulisic who slid in for the dazzling England playmaker to finish.

McCoist lauded Pulisic for taking his time with the pass, but was once again in awe of Kante for his run in the goal.

 “Without doubt absolutely brilliant,” he said of the goal. “I was just about to criticise Pulisic for not pulling the trigger.

The pass from Kante, who has been magnificent, was brilliant.

“He took a touch when I thought he should have hit it and laid it on a plate for Mount.

“Well deserved. All English final on the cards.”

Kante also proved his former teammate Cesc Fabregas right for his brilliant performance in the match.

Fabregas, who spent two years with Kante at Stamford Bridge from 2017, predicted the Frenchman to put in another man-of -the-match display.

He tweeted: “My man of the match prediction is N’Golo Kante. He played very well in the first leg and is a world class player.

“His energy in midfield will be key to winning the game for Chelsea.”

Thomas Tuchel’s men will now play Man City in the final on May 29th, with the German becoming the first coach in history to play in consecutive finals with two different clubs.

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