Eden Hazard makes honest admission about Chelsea’s Champions League win
Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 in Porto on Saturday night to win football’s biggest club competition for the second time.
Chelsea knocked out Hazard’s Real Madrid in the semi-finals before winning a tight final and denying Manchester City their first Champions League trophy.
Hazard spent seven seasons at Stamford Bridge before joining Madrid in 2019 but says he did not celebrate the club’s triumph as his focus is purely on bringing trophies back to the Bernabeu.
‘Of course not, I’m a Real Madrid player so I am not happy,’ said Hazard, who won two Premier League titles with Chelsea. ‘I am just happy for a couple of friends in the team, but I hope next season it’s for Real Madrid.’
Germany international Kai Havertz scored the only goal in Porto as Chelsea lifted the Champions League for the first time since 2012.
After helping the Blues win the competition, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount said: ‘We are in a final and we won it. It’s such a special occasion.
‘I can’t put it into words. It’s impossible. I’ve played in two [previous] finals for Chelsea and we lost them both. It’s all I’ve dreamt of, winning a trophy with Chelsea.
‘To go all the way in the Champions League, we played some tough teams. At this moment in time, we’re the best team in the world. You can’t take that away from us.’
Tuchel, who replaced Frank Lampard in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat in January, added: ‘To share it with everybody is incredible. We made it. Wow. I don’t know what to feel.
‘I was so grateful to arrive a second time [in the final]. I felt different. The [players] were determined to win this. We wanted to be a stone in their shoe.
‘We encouraged everybody to step up and step out, to be more brave and create dangerous counter-attacks. It was a tough physical game. We had to help each other out.’