BELGIANS AND BA QUIZZED AT THE BRIDGE

Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Demba Ba answered supporters' questions on stage as the 'An Audience With…' series returned to Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.

Held in the Harris Suite, in the West Stand, the event was hosted by Chelsea TV's Gigi Salmon, with questions put to the trio in front of over 150 supporters, which included 50 members of the club's Foundation Lottery scheme.

The evening got off to an amusing start when Ba, in mischievous mood throughout, emerged on stage following an introduction which was intended for De Bruyne.

After De Bruyne admitted he was probably the worst dressed player at the club, Hazard, when pressed to name his most difficult opponent, plumped for team-mate Branislav Ivanovic, saying the Serbian defender was 'very tough.'

Ba then brought the house down when he admitted to singing a nursery rhyme as his initiation song in front of over 20 players shortly after his arrival last January, before jokingly saying he supported Wimbledon as a youngster, quickly clarifying he had in fact been a Paris Saint-Germain fan during his earlier years.

As the questions turned to more on-pitch matters, the striker outlined his hopes for the season, saying: 'I would like to start by winning the Premier League with Chelsea as soon as possible.'

He was then asked to pick his favourite goal since becoming a Chelsea player.

'It was against Manchester United here at the Bridge (in the FA Cup),' he said. 'It was good but when you score a goal it doesn't matter what competition it is, it's just a great feeling. As long as the ball hits the net it's fine.'

With Belgium having reached next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, De Bruyne, who impressed during their qualifying campaign, was asked about his hopes for the tournament.

'For us it means a lot, Belgium didn't qualify for 12 years so to reach this stage is something new for the country and we hope to do well there,' he said.

'We always have belief, it's difficult to say what we can do as you don't know which teams you will play, but if we can get to the second round then who knows?'

Hazard, so often an influential figure on the pitch from an attacking point of view, then revealed where he would like to play given the opportunity to choose another position, saying: 'I would be a left-back or right-back because there is a lot of running involved, although I prefer running with the ball at my feet.'

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After the trio departed,  the night was far from over for those supporters present, as special guests Clive Walker and Tommy Langley joined Salmon for a chat, recalling their time at the club.

Langley, a former Chelsea striker, remembered his debut for the Blues.

'It was Leicester at home, I was 16 years old, fresh out of school in July and on 9 November 1974, there I was kicking a ball for Chelsea,' he said. 'It was something I dreamed of; I've been a Chelsea fan all my life and a season ticket holder since I was five years old. Just imagine pulling on the Chelsea shirt at 16.

'We drew 0-0 and I did okay without being great. I think the day went over my head because I was so enthralled about pulling on a Chelsea shirt. I needed 32 tickets for my friends and family and it was just a great day.'

Walker, meanwhile, picked out his favourite memory from his time as a Chelsea player.

'Everyone remembers the 1978 game against Liverpool (a 4-2 win in the FA Cup third round) and they were a brilliant team, European winners, league winners countless times, they won everything during that period,' he explained.

'We were a young group who knew each other well and just enjoyed playing football. On paper we had no right to beat them but there were 45,000 people here, it was absolutely packed, and we beat them.'

An entertaining evening came to a close with the winners of a raffle announced, with prizes including a shirt signed by the first team squad, tickets to Sunday's game against Southampton and tickets to the Player of the Year awards ceremony next May.

Guests were also afforded the opportunity to bid for items such as shirts signed by John Terry and Frank Lampard in a silent auction, with all proceeds raised on the night going to the Chelsea Foundation.

You can sign up to the Foundation Lottery here.