HAZARD: MANAGING THE MOMENT

Mar 19, 2014 Posted Under: News

Last night’s victory was one we thoroughly merited, according to Eden Hazard.

The Belgian was at his brilliant best and it was his turn and touch that started the move from which Samuel Eto’o notched our third-minute opener. He also set up a late chance for substitute Fernando Torres with a cute back-heel and proved a constant tormentor of Galatasaray’s Emmanuel Eboue down our left-hand side.

The 23-year-old believes our early goal set the tone for a commanding performance which secured our place in the last eight of this year’s competition.

‘As we scored a goal in the first few minutes we were able to manage the game,’ said Hazard.

‘We managed to score just before the break as well and in the second half we could have still scored one or two more goals. But overall we ran the game very well and we definitely deserved the win.’

Didier Drogba’s return to Stamford Bridge was understandably one of the key talking points surrounding last night’s game and the man who spoke to the Ivorian before signing for Chelsea in 2012 was proud to share a pitch with him last night.

‘As I said to him after the game finished, it was a pleasure to play against him. He is still one of the best strikers in the world. It is true that he is no longer young but that’s how we young players learn – by meeting people like him.

‘I have nothing but respect for what he has done and what he is still doing. I admire Didier for the player he is and the type of person he is.’

Progression in Europe means we continue to fight on two different fronts, with another huge Premier League clash just around the corner. For now, Hazard says, all the focus is on recovering and preparing for the visit of Arsenal on Saturday.

‘The Champions League and the Premier League are both magnificent competitions,’ considered Hazard. ‘The Champions League is rare because you play less often but the Premier League is so important to us and we know how important it is for the fans too.

‘The game against Arsenal comes at an important moment because it follows a league defeat. We will have a good rest and our great staff will help us recover. We are going to do our best in front of our own supporters is what is a big derby game. There is no better one to win.’

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