Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard was spotted engaging in a jovial conversation with Chelsea stars Kurt Zouma and Edouard Mendy after Los Blancos were dumped out of the Champions League on Wednesday evening, with former Liverpool midfielder Don Hutchinson describing the situation as ‘bizarre’. Goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount either side of the interval sealed a 3-1 aggregate victory for the hosts, who will face Manchester City for a shot at European glory at the end of the month.
Chelsea were dominant over Real from the first whistle on Wednesday, and could have won the match by at least four goals to nil on the night.
Hazard was selected to start the match for the visitors and played 89 minutes on his Stamford Bridge return, but failed to inspire the La Liga heavyweights to victory.
After the final whistle, the Belgian forward was seen chatting to Zouma and Mendy with a beaming smile on his face despite the unfortunate result for his side.
Hutchinson, who was covering the match as a pundit for BBC Radio 5 Live, was left baffled by Hazard’s post-match actions, claiming that somebody like Cristiano Ronaldo would never be caught laughing and joking after being knocked out of Europe.
“I’ve just seen some bizarre scenes,” he said.
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“Eden Hazard is laughing with Kurt Zouma and Edouard Mendy. It’s a Champions League semi-final.
“I know they are his friends but I can’t imagine Cristiano Ronaldo coming off the pitch for Real Madrid laughing. That’s how laid back Hazard is.
“I’m not criticising him. I just find it a bit of a weird watch.”
Hazard will have been hoping to mark his return to Chelsea with a bang on the biggest stage, but the winger’s muted showing did little to help Real’s prospects of fighting back.
Zinedine Zidane had previously backed the 30-year-old to shine during the crucial second-leg clash, claiming that his involvement could spark an impressive comeback after missing the majority of the campaign through injury.
“It’s a great time for it, it’s a great time for him and he is prepared for it,” the Real boss told reporters earlier this week.
“We know what a good player Eden is and he is ready to help the team. Eden is here, we know his quality and I’m sure he is ready to make an impact on the match.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was delighted with his side’s performance after the final whistle on Wednesday evening, with the German boss suggesting that his side were unlucky not to come away with a hatful of goals.
“They deserve to win,” Tuchel told BT Sport. “First off it’s difficult because Real had a lot of possession and they made us suffer.
“But then we were dangerous with counter-attacks and never lost the hunger, never lost their desire to defend.
“Second half was even better, the structure to defend and in the second half, we could’ve scored much earlier. It’s a fantastic achievement and big congratulations to the team.
“Real Madrid, of course, are always dangerous. they can turn nothing into goals. So, to hang in there, even when you have chances and miss them, they never lost concentration, focus, and a positive energy on the pitch. This was a huge performance.”