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The long debate about Eden Hazard’s long-awaited move to Real Madrid is finally over as Chelsea and Real Madrid have reached an agreement for the 28-year-old Belgium star.
Hazard leaves Chelsea after seven years at the club, and the Belgian leaves Stamford Bridge as a fan favourite and will forever have a special place in the hearts of Chelsea fans. He played 352 games for the club, the 23rd highest total in our history, and scored 110 goals, the ninth most.
Hazard has been a big player for Chelsea and has achieved a lot in his 7 years at Stamford Bridge. In some games over the years, Hazard has singlehandedly carried the team on his back and dragged Chelsea to victories.
Hazard isn’t shy of the big occasions as he is a big game player and has thrived even against the toughest of defenders. With Hazard, Chelsea have an easy tactic of giving him the ball and expect magic – and magic did he give us for the past 7 years.
Hazard’s time at Chelsea is up, and the club must now look beyond this season and look past the Belgian. Chelsea have depended on Hazard for so long, and it’s now time for Chelsea to move past the Eden Hazard era.
If we take a look at the Chelsea team in the past two seasons, you’ll find that Chelsea depended so much on Hazard that other forward players started to struggle and not live up to expectations. For Chelsea to really step up and have a good campaign next season, the rest of the team must up their performances and put in good effort ahead of the new season.
We’d focus on two players that must step up next season
Pedro has been a good signing since joining Chelsea in 2015. The 31-year-old has an impressive CV that even the greatest of players will envy.
Since joining Chelsea, the former Barcelona star has won the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Europa League. The Spaniard can boast of winning the Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, World Cup and the European Championship – a collection no other player in world football can match.
On paper, Pedro had his best season for Chelsea in the just concluded campaign. The Spaniard scored 13 goals in all competitions, with 8 coming in the Premier League and 5 in the Europa League.
Besides his first season when he struggled as a January signing under Jose Mourinho in 2015, Pedro has taken to the Premier League and fitted into Chelsea’s football. He was one of the star players under Antonio Conte and played a key role as Chelsea went on to win the Premier in Conte’s first season in charge of the Blues, playing a vibrant 3-4-3 formation.
There was a general feeling that this season wasn’t Pedro’s best for Chelsea despite his goals, as there was a sense of him not doing enough. Pedro was anonymous in a lot of games he played this season, as the team depended mostly on Hazard all season.
Pedro signed a contract extension to remain at the club in the course of the season, but he must now prove himself one more time and step up his game as Chelsea prepare for life without Eden Hazard.
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