Eden Hazard Says Chelsea Fans Can’t Match Real Madrid Supporters

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Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard has finally made his first appearance in a Real Madrid shirt, over the weekend in his new side’s 3-2 victory over Levante.

The Belgian, who moved over in the summer on the eighth highest transfer fee in history (tied with teammate Gareth Bale and former Madrid galactico Cristiano Ronaldo) will feature against Paris Saint-Germain when Los Blancos commence their Champions League campaign tomorrow.

After his first featuring for Madrid, Hazard discussed the vast difference that he sees between the fans of his old club and his current club.

“I think that here the fans are really fans,” Hazard said of those who follow and support the La Liga giants, who currently sit third in their respective domestic table.

“In England there are not so many fans, people there like football and everyone, young people, adults, teenagers, are really interested in their football, but they are not so fanatical about their teams.

“At the time I was in Chelsea and we lost, we were disappointed as were the fans, but I never felt it was a disaster.

“When you are at Real Madrid, even if it is my first year, talking to the fans, they always expect you to win the Champions League.”

You can bet that these comments won’t sit sell with Blues supporters, but his remarks reflect the difference in history between the two clubs. Modern, present-day Chelsea FC had no history until Roman Abramovich bought the club in the mid 2000s.

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Real Madrid meanwhile are the “Reyes del Europa,” having dominated the European Cup/Champions League like no other club. So while these comments might seem controversial to many, in essence Eden Hazard is kind of just telling us some stuff that we already know.

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