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Former Chelsea man reveals Eden Hazard’s uniquely relaxed pre-match preparation at Stamford Bridge


Eden Hazard had a unique way to prepare for games at Chelsea (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Former Chelsea star Filipe Luis has detailed Eden Hazard’s unusual pre-match routines at Stamford Bridge, including playing Mario Kart as close as five minutes before a game would start.

Hazard enjoyed a successful time in west London from 2012-19, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two Europa Leagues, scoring 110 goals for the Blues.

Filipe Luis was only at Stamford Bridge for the 2014-15 season, but remembers well how Hazard behaved before games and in training because it came as something as a shock.

For a player that Luis rates incredibly highly, the Belgian seemed to put in very little effort and perhaps his lack of ambition has cost him going even further in the game.

‘Eden along with Neymar are the best players I have ever played alongside – up there with Messi, Filipe Luis told the Mail.

‘He didn’t train well, five minutes before the game he would be playing Mario Kart in the dressing room.

Filipe Luis won the Premier League and League Cup in his brief stint at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)

‘He would warm-up without tying his bootlaces up. But then no one could take the ball off of him. He would dribble past three or four players and win games on his own.

‘Hazard has so much talent. Perhaps he lacks a little bit of ambition to say, ‘I am going to be the best player in the world’. Because he could be.’

Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid in 2019 for a fee of around £103m but things have not gone to plan for him in the Spanish capital.

He has continually struggled for fitness since leaving London and has scored just four goals in 35 appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side since the huge transfer.


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