Unfortunately for Eden Hazard, Roy Keane was at Stamford Bridge on punditry duty on Wednesday night and saw the Chelsea winger swapping shirts with Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel di Maria at half-time.
It’ll come as no surprise to hear that the former Manchester United captain was unimpressed.
In fact, he was more than unimpressed. The Irishman isn’t a Chelsea fan but he was still appalled.
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“I’m afraid to comment on this,” Keane told ITV, per Goal. “It’s bad enough at the end of the game, but half-time in a big game, the two guys swapping shirts? It’s shocking.
“What is going through a players mindset. In such a big game, they are thinking about swapping jerseys at half-time? I wouldn’t even bother at the end of the game. Shocking.”
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Many Chelsea fans, like Keane, were angered by Hazard’s decision to swap shirts with Di Maria at half-time.
In their eyes, it showed a lack of fighting spirit. Chelsea still required two goals to advance to the quarter-finals at the break, with the scores tied at 1-1, and Hazard hadn’t exactly set the game alight.
Hazard would find it difficult to reject PSG
That it was a PSG player Hazard was swapping shirts with was another reason why the Blues’ faithful were particularly irked.
The 25-year-old told reporters before last month’s first leg at the Parc des Princes that it would be hard to turn down the French champions.
"It is difficult to say no to PSG, or to any of the teams capable of winning the Champions League,” Hazard was quoted as telling Le Parisien by Sky Sports.
"PSG are now in that category. And for me, winning the Champions League is my main aim."
Keane also slammed Hazard after first leg
Hazard went on to produce an anonymous display in the first leg - and Keane, after the player’s surprising comments and poor performance, didn’t mince his words on that occasion either.
“I can’t understand these players,” an incensed Keane was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail, “he signed an extension of five years only last year, when we saw how brilliant he was… and then he’s coming out with all that nonsense on the eve of a big game.
“If I was a teammate of his I would kick him up and down the training pitch. Some of the senior players have got to get hold of him. He’s a talented boy, but his attitude is like a spoilt child. It was absolutely ridiculous."
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