Saturday, September 23, 2017
Hazard: I dream every day of winning the Champions League

Hazard: I dream every day of winning the Champions League


Eden Hazard dreams every day of lifting the Champions League and is ready to go tonight as they face Qarabag at Stamford Bridge in the opening group fixture.
The 26-year-old attacking midfielder came off the bench in the 2-1 win over Leicester City on Saturday as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

He said: “I think I am ready to start tonight. I have started already against Gibraltar in the national team, I played for the U23 side against Everton so I just want to play. I am not at 100 per cent, I need maybe a couple more games to get to that level, but I just want to be on the pitch and enjoy the situation.”

Hazard is aware that with more glamorous fIxtures to come against Atletico Madrid and Roma, getting a good start tonight is vital.

“It is very important for us to win our first game at home,” he said. “After Qarabag we play Atletico Madrid away and then both games with Roma so we need to take three points tonight if we want to start well. We know that we have just six games to go through so we have to be ready from the very first minute.”

Making sure that happens requires a good squad and the bench that faced Leicester City on Saturday is a clear indicator that the top 17 players are good enough – Hazard agrees.
“Yes, the bench was strong, it was good against Leicester. There was Willian, (Michy) Batshuayi, me, these kind of players can change the game. We all want to play and that’s good. We don’t want to sit on the bench. We have a good team and the guys that started deserved to play the game. I was just happy to be there, to be back. I enjoy every moment, every second.

“We have a lot of games, we are fighting for the Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League, so we need to be ready for all of that. The more players we have the better it is for us. Everyone wants to play, but we can only play with 11, but everyone is ready to play.

“We need quality. You need quality when you play for this club because we want to win a lot of things. We had a strong team last season, but we have a strong team this season. We will see at the end if we do better than last year.”

Hazard is ambitious and wants to be the world’s best player, and getting his hands on the Champions League trophy is vital to achieving this. It’s a dream to do so
“I dream about it every day,” he said.

“But not just the Champions League, the World Cup, the European Cup. I want to win everything. Of course I haven’t won the Champions League yet. I want to win this trophy because all the big players want to lift this trophy. All the big players win it yes, I want to be big, I want to win everything.”


Paul Lagan is a highly experienced journalist with more than 30 years experience in regional print and digital journalism. Paul has worked as a sports reporter, sub-editor, chief sub-editor and production editor at Newsquest South London, overseeing the implementation of their suite of award-winning websites. As well as a specialist sports reporter covering Chelsea FC for the London Weekly News group of newspapers, Paul is also a sub-editor at the South London Press.


Hazard: I dream every day of winning the Champions League