The latest edition of the club's official magazine, which is on sale now, features an exclusive interview with Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard...
The latest edition of Chelsea, which is on sale now, features an exclusive interview with Eden Hazard who discusses his rise to the top and his long-term ambitions.
The magazine also hears from both John Dempsey, a scorer in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1971, and Chelsea Ladies’ manager Emma Hayes, who led her side to a 3-0 Champions League win over Rosengard last week.
There are few more impressive role-models in the modern game than Hazard.
On the pitch, the hugely talented Belgian is a delight to watch given his ability to dominate games, thrill supporters with a superb piece of skill and score goals of the highest quality, while away from the field of play the friendly, affable attacker exudes professionalism.
Hazard is the type of player young supporters across the globe look up to and idolise, and in the latest edition of Chelsea he explains the importance of always giving something back to those fans when he comes into contact with them.
‘I think, for young fans, it’s always good to see a professional player, because when you are young you dream about one day becoming one,’ he says.
‘For the kids, I think it’s an amazing day and, for us, it’s so good to see the smiles on their faces and that they are happy just to take a picture. We are like idols to them – not superior or anything – but all the young fans want to be footballers, so we just have to set a good example.
‘I remember, one day, I went to the stadium in Belgium where the France team was training during Euro 2000. I was nine at the time, and I got some signatures. I was very happy with that!’
Having been at Chelsea since 2012, Hazard is now one of our most senior players, and one of those the younger members of the squad will look to for inspiration and education.
Hazard recalls being in a similar position when he was starting out at Lille, and learning from an established, talented Dutch striker.
‘In my first month I trained with Patrick Kluivert and he had a good mentality,’ Hazard explains. ‘I remember one day we were in the gym together and he was doing some work, and I was doing… nothing! So he started to show me, saying: “Come on, Eden! You need to do this!”
‘I remember thinking, “If Patrick Kluivert’s told me this, I need to do something!" He was a top guy, a top player. That’s when I started to understand that football is not easy and you need to work if you want to arrive.
‘You need to show the right mentality to the younger players, because they are looking up to you. When I was 16 at Lille, I was watching the big guys, thinking, “Oh, this guy does this in training; that guy never comes in late.” So, yeah, we are examples. You need to show the right motivation, the right ambition.’
It’s been a good start to the season for Chelsea Ladies, and with manager Emma Hayes having recently signed a new contract, she reflects on her time in charge of the Blues to date in the new magazine.
Since taking charge of the side in 2012, Hayes has led us to success in the FA Cup, FA WSL and Spring Series, and in the interview she praises the work of her assistant Paul Green, as well as revealing some of the standout moments from her time at the helm.
John Dempsey was part of an exciting Chelsea team which won the FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup in the early 1970s.
In this month’s ‘Drawing on Experience’, our former defender shares his memories from both of those finals, including his brilliant goal against Real Madrid, as well as discussing the influence of Dave Sexton.
There is plenty more in the latest edition of Chelsea, including a photographic reflection on the Blues career of one of our most skilful players, Charlie Cooke, and a look back at our triumphant 1997/98 Cup Winners’ Cup campaign, which took in memorable victories over the likes of Real Betis, Vicenza and Tromso.
As well as all of that, the magazine includes all of the usual features, as well as bringing you up to date with the latest news from our Academy and Ladies teams.
The latest edition of Chelsea, priced £3.25, is available from the Megastore and all good newsagents.