Massive days at Chelsea

Despite Wednesday’s late finish against Norwich City in the FA Cup, the players took time out to meet a group of fans at the latest Community Day the following morning.

The Community Day was arranged via the Chelsea Foundation, with the young fans and their families watching the first team train before meeting the players afterwards for pictures and autographs.

Hazard - fresh from scoring the winning penalty - and Cesar Azpilicueta were among the players the fans were most excited to meet and the Blues vice-captain spoke about the importance of the club’s community days.

‘These days with the fans are a massive part of Chelsea and we know we have the support from everybody and we like to try to give back to them.’ said Azpilicueta.

‘It is very important for us to be together with them and make sure that they enjoy their time here coming to watch training and the time they spend with us.

‘We know some people have some difficulties but we try to help on and off the pitch.’

Joshua Jones, 14, was a guest at the session, along with his grandparents and was delighted to see the players in action at such close quarters.

‘Josh has had an amazing time today and we just want to say a big thank you to the Chelsea players and staff for making him feel so welcome,’ said Josh’s grandfather Steve.

‘They were all so nice to him and made the experience very memorable. It’s a memory he will keep for the rest of his life.’

Among our other guests was Conor Murphy, 20, and Callum Fairclough, 21.

Our Community Day happens regularly over the course of the season with the Chelsea Foundation linking up with a range of charities and individuals to arrange visits for seriously or terminally ill supporters and their carers, giving them a well-deserved boost in what is obviously a difficult time for them and their families.