Eden Hazard may lead the Premier League in points (goals + assists), but his assist for Chelsea’s only goal of the game against Eintracht Frankfurt last night was just his first in the Europa League. Of course, he hasn’t played much in what has been a largely secondary competition to the club up to this point, making just his third start and seventh appearance overall (in 14 games). But now we’re in the final, and now we must win it.
“We played a great game but a Europa League semifinal is not so easy. We are happy and we will go to Baku to try to win the trophy.”
“In the first half, [we were the better team], but then like always this season, we concede a goal after five minutes in the second half ... but at the end we pushed. They created maybe one or two chances; we created more, but it was 50-50 at the end with the penalties. Not the best game but at the end our character was good and we go through.
“We won so I’m happy, the boys are happy, the fans are happy ... but it’s not finished. We have another game to play against Arsenal. We’ve struggled a bit against them in the last two-three years, so we need to go there and play with quality and win the game.”
Amidst the penalty shootout-induced euphoria, for a minute we even forget about Hazard’s contract. And so did he.
In fact, he claims that he still hasn’t made up his mind about leaving, which sounds more like a bit of diplomacy than anything else — then again, you never know!
“I’m not thinking about [whether it’s my last game or not]. I’m only thinking about winning something for this club and for this squad.
“If it’s my last game, I will try to do everything. If it’s not, [then] we will see. In my mind I don’t know yet, so I’m just thinking to win games and that’s it.”
-Eden Hazard; source: BT Sport
So there we have it. Clear as mud. Quotes that fit into any and every angle from which we can approach this situation.
Either way, ending the season with a trophy (and against Arsenal, even) will be a good way to sign off — he’s always said that if he were to ever leave, he’d want to go out on a high note. And whether that departure will be just for the summer or for ever, we will always have our memories.