Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Eden Hazard caused Spanish TV show meltdown

Chelsea and Real Madrid will do battle in the Champions League for the second consecutive season.

The two heavyweights of European football will lock horns over two legs in the quarter-final stage of club football’s biggest competition.

Their encounter is arguably the pick of the bunch from Friday’s draw and it’s hard to pick a clear favourite from the pair.

Chelsea won last season’s semi-final tie 3-1 on aggregate, a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount securing a place in the final.

But Real Madrid have improved since then under Carlo Ancelotti and it’s worth remembering that both of the games in 2020/21 were played behind-closed-doors.

So it’s likely to be a very different tie this time around and there are certainly a number of intriguing sub-plots that only add to the narrative.

Ancelotti will be taking on the team he guided to a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2009/10, while Eden Hazard will return to the place where he is idolised.

Whether the Belgian will actually play is another matter entirely, but if he’s not injured, the former Chelsea man should make the squad at the very least.

Hazard actually started for Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge last season and it’s safe to say his performance was average at best.

But it was what the former Lille man did at full-time that angered certain Madridistas.

After Chelsea had booked their place in the final, Hazard was spotted sharing a laugh with a number of his former colleagues on the pitch.

And those images of the Belgium international resulted in Spanish journalist Josep Pedrerol having a quite extraordinary meltdown on the famous El Chiringuito show…

Video: Pedrerol’s reaction to Hazard at full-time

Now that is Box Office television! The eerie music, Pedrerol rubbing his hands together in menacing fashion, the pure anger in his voice and the unexpected call for Sandra right at the end of the video, it was just too funny.

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Hazard’s struggles at Real Madrid have certainly continued into the 2021/22 campaign.

In 22 appearances across all competitions, he’s scored just one goal and only assisted a further two.

For a player who cost upwards of €100 million, that really is a diabolical return. Will Hazard ever come good at Real Madrid? Given he’s now 31, it’s starting to look unlikely…

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