Eden Hazard: The difference between Chelsea FC and Real Madrid fans
Eden Hazard compares the fans of Real Madrid to those of his former club Chelsea FC
Eden Hazard believes that Real Madrid fans are more invested than the supporters at his former club Chelsea FC.
Hazard finally completed his much-anticipated move to Real Madrid from Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window after he spent seven years with the west London club.
The 28-year-old Belgium international has been settling into life in Spain but has so far only made one La Liga appearance for the Spanish giants.
As Hazard settles into life in Spain, the former Lille star has had the chance to compare the fans of the two clubs.
And the Belgian playmaker seems to think that Real Madrid fans are more invested in their team’s fortunes than their Chelsea FC counterparts.
Speaking in an interview quoted by Sky Sports, Hazard said: “I think that here the fans are really fans.
“In England there are not so many fans, people there like football and everyone, young people, adults, teenagers, are really interested in their football, but they are not so fanatical about their teams.
“At the time I was in Chelsea and we lost, we were disappointed as were the fans, but I never felt it was a disaster.
“When you are at Real Madrid, even if it is my first year, talking to the fans, they always expect you to win the Champions League.
“That is why I think there is so much expectation placed on this competition and that is why the club has won it more than any other team.”
He added: “When I was at Chelsea, I already knew that my dream was to play for [Real Madrid] someday.
“I hadn’t expected to play seven years at Chelsea, but in the end everything went well and I had the chance to win something every year. I think that’s why I stayed there so long.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea FC are currently preparing for their home clash against table toppers Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues returned to winning ways in the Premier League last time out with a 5-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers away from home last weekend.
Frank Lampard has been tasked with steering the west London club to qualification for next season’s Champions League in his first campaign in charge.