November 22nd, 2013
Eden Hazard was not included in the Chelsea squad for their Champions League game against the German club FC Schalke because he couldn’t take part in the team’s training session on Monday.
Actually, the 22 years old Belgian midfielder had gone to France the previous day to hook up with some of his friends at his old club Lille. He spent the Sunday night there and on Monday morning, he had to return back to UK to join the Blues squad, but, unfortunately, he found out that his passport was not with him. He had lost it somewhere. Because of that, he couldn’t come back to London in time and missed the training session. That pissed off the Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and he handed Hazard a 1-game ban.
However, despite Hazard’s absence in that game against Schalke, the Blues didn’t have to face too much difficulty in securing 3 points. They easily defeated the German club by 3-0 and ensured that they remained at the top position in the Group E points table.
After that match, when Mourinho was asked about Hazard’s suspension, he said, “He has already apologized for that, but, whatever happened was not acceptable. It was not easy to drop him for such an important game, but, I had to take that decision in order to set an example. You can’t compromise with the principles.”
“Eden is not a bad guy. He committed a mistake and he got the punishment. To be dropped is the biggest punishment for a sportsman.”
Chelsea’s next game is against West Ham United. That is a Premier League game and will be played on Saturday at Upton Park. Hazard is expected to be back in the starting line up of Chelsea for that game.
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Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has had that he is very much looking forward to the friendly match against Roma, which will see him reunited with his former manager Rudi Garcia. Garcia was the manager of Lille when the Belgian playmaker was making his name. He made the £ 35 million move from the French club to Chelsea 12 months ago. Even as a youngster, Hazard was spoken of as the next big thing in world football. He has certainly not disappointed in his first season at Chelsea. He has scored more than 10 goals and contributed more than 20 in terms of assists.
Garcia was recently appointed as the manager of Roma, who have made plenty of business in the transfer window so far. They have also managed to keep hold of Italian international Daniele De Rossi amidst interest from Chelsea. They will be the final opponents for Chelsea in their pre-season tour of Asia and the United States. Chelsea have had a very promising pre-season and they have lost just one match. Hazard has said that preparations have been going extremely well and he is already looking forward to the start of the new season. Chelsea kick off the new campaign with a home match against newly promoted Hull city.
“We had four years together and won two trophies, the Ligue 1 and the Cup in the same season, the double. He is a very good coach, still quite young and a very nice guy. He was very good for me because I was very young and he showed me the right way to be, and gave me lots of confidence in my ability. It’s good for him to have another challenge at Roma, he did well with Lille and now wants to further his career at a big club. I think he is the first French trainer in Italy,” said Hazard.
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