Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel has praised Eden Hazard for his contributions to the club during his time with the Blues, and admitted the Belgian international will be a threat in their Champions League semifinal first leg tie against Real Madrid tomorrow.
Having joined Real Madrid in 2019, Eden Hazard has failed to live up to the expectations due to a long list on injuries. However, Zidane confirmed Hazard will be available for selection to face Chelsea after playing against Real Betis on Saturday in La Liga.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the game, Thomas Tuchel revealed he respects Eden Hazard for his contributions to Chelsea. The German added “He was the key player here for many, many years in this club and this league – which is one of the hardest in the world and a tough one if you decide matches so consistently like Eden did for this club here.”
“So I have the biggest respect for him. Of course we talk a lot because he’s a big player for this club and of course we have many people here in the staff who know him very well.”
“And it’s not only that we talk about him because we play him, but we talk about the experience and how this club grew and the experience and the big games they had and the clashes they had in the league and in Europe.”
“And like I said, he was a key player for this club. Now he plays for Real Madrid and obviously he’s fit and he had a comeback in the last game for some minutes to be ready tomorrow.”
“If he plays, I’m pretty sure he wants to make a point and wants to prove [something]. Let’s see. Do I prefer with him or without him? No. They can leave the spot open I have no problem with that, and they can play with 10! They will not do this. They have so many quality players, we’re talking about Real Madrid and we have to face the challenge with confidence.”