Three of our players recognised at last night’s PFA awards ceremony have been reflecting on their achievements.
It was a night to remember for the Blues, as Eden Hazard was crowned PFA Young Player of the Year at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, while a day which began with Jose Mourinho’s side winning 2-0 at Liverpool was capped with both Petr Cech and Gary Cahill, along with Hazard, being named in the PFA Team of the Season.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website, Hazard expressed his delight at taking the prize.
‘It’s brilliant for me, it’s been a good season so far and now I hope we can win one or two trophies before it finishes,’ he says.
‘I was nominated with five young players, but very big players, so to win the award ahead of them is great, and I will try to do even better next season.
‘My team-mates have helped me to succeed on the pitch and hopefully against Atletico Madrid we can continue with the way the week has started.
‘Yesterday’s result at Liverpool was fantastic because it’s not easy to win at Anfield, especially this season, and if we can win on Wednesday it will be great for the fans and for us.’
Cahill was understandably delighted to be voted into the Team of the Season alongside two of his team-mates.
‘It’s a big achievement for me and when I heard the news I was obviously very pleased,’ says the Blues defender.
‘You’re voted for by other players in the league, people you come up against week in, week out, so it’s very flattering. I’ve put in a lot of hard work this season and it’s nice that it’s been noted by fellow players.
‘Pete’s in the team and rightly so, we’ve kept a lot of clean sheets this season and as a defensive unit we’ve been really good.
‘Eden’s been phenomenal this season, everybody’s sat up and noticed him and he’s got the Young Player of the Year award as well, so it’s great to have three of us in there and it could have been more.’
Cech, meanwhile, echoed the sentiments of both Hazard and Cahill.
‘To be voted into the Team of the Season by your fellow professionals is always an honour and it makes me feel as though I’ve done a good job,’ he explains.
‘It’s about key players in the league who have been doing really well so to be picked is a nice achievement.’