“Hazard, the total disappointment”. Marca does not go by four ways to describe the performance of the Red Devil against Chelsea. “The Belgian continues to make no difference in his second season at Madrid. And this despite Zidane’s insistent support. His attitude doesn’t help …” continues the Madrid newspaper. In question, his little part of laughter with his former teammates after the defeat against Chelsea.
Marca also points to another problem: Vinicius Junior. For everyday life, the Brazilian is the collateral victim of Zidane’s love for the Brainois. “When the Belgian returns to the team, Zizou bets on him and leaves the Brazilian aside. If Vini has shown anything since his arrival in Madrid, it is that he is a dangerous player when he plays on the Left side. With Hazard on the pitch, Vinicius disappears and moves to the right. Against Chelsea he was wrecked in that position. But far from correcting the mistake, Zizou replaced him to keep Hazard on the pitch. “
AS also commented on Hazard’s behavior after the match. For the other sports newspaper in the capital, this image is inadmissible. “He laughed with his partners like he was still a Blues player. Despite his second start, his level was worse than in any of his other appearances. Which means that laughter plus his poor performance is a big deal. a pot of salt that sprinkles the question of his future in Madrid. “
AS editor-in-chief Tomás Roncero also didn’t give a damn about Le Brainois in his editorial of the day. “Eden Hazard embodies the failure of this Real Madrid. The Belgian did nothing during these desperate 88 minutes. Not even in his old garden … In addition, he makes jokes after the match with his former Chelsea teammates: he did not understand what Real Madrid are. Real Madrid’s rebuilding should start with its sale. Bye bye Eden! “
However, the diary is more nuanced compared to the Madrid failures. “The advantage of having little choice is that you can’t argue too much. With 60 injuries during the season, Zidane couldn’t do a miracle. Like when he chose Ramos to replace Varane when ‘he had not played since March. Or for Eden Hazard, the man who cost 120 million. But ZZ had there another choice on the bench? Potentially, there was no one better to surround Benzema . Even if at Stamford Bridge, he again shone with his silence … “
Obviously disappointed, the two Madrid newspapers are much less severe with Thibaut Courtois. For them, El Muro was one of the few at the level this Wednesday. “Back in his old home at Stamford Bridge. Without all his many interventions, Real Madrid could have taken a lot more,” both newspapers insist.
On the Catalan side, we do not mourn the Madrid defeat. Just like the performance of Eden Hazard. Simply, the newspaper Mundo Deportivo headlines in its pages “Hazard fails in his garden of Eden” referring to the Chelsea lawn. Before continuing: “The Belgian goes unnoticed again in a game which condemns Real Madrid in the Champions League”.
A collective victory for Thomas Tuchel
In England, the bell sound is logically different. For the Mirror, “Chelsea are in the final after outclassing Real. The Blues fully deserved their 3-1 cumulative victory over both sets. And meet Manchester City in Turkey in 23 days.”
The Daily Express underlines Werner’s stubbornness: “Timo’s dream” headlines the newspaper. “Him and Mason Mount send Chelsea to final” he continues. Three English newspapers highlight a final “Full English” with the Guardian, The Times and Daily Telegraph.
If several individuals stand out, it is above all the magnificent overall performance that impressed the English media. As Sky Sports points out: “Chelsea’s victory over Real Madrid is concluded Mason Mount but is built by the collective strength of the Blues under Thomas Tuchel.” For the media, “It should have been a beating. Chelsea should have wowed Real Madrid with the number of clear chances they created at Stamford Bridge.”
For its part, L’Equipe believes that “Chelsea dreams bigger” on the first page. Referring to Tuesday night’s Paris debacle against Manchester City. In its pages, the French newspaper thinks that “Zidane made some bad choices. The French coach has fielded Ferland Mendy, Ramos and Hazard, three players visibly out of form. His Real could not exist.”
While the Gazzetta dello Sport quite agrees with the English media. “The result, which is in essence correct, does not fully express what was seen on the pitch. Chelsea wasted at least 5 scoring opportunities. Although Tuchel also has to thank goalkeeper Mendy, who made two stupendous saves on Benzema in First period.”