Hazard targeted by Slavia Prague
Chelsea fans are not too happy with the treatment of Eden Hazard and want him substituted after the player was seemingly targeted by Slavia Prague.
Chelsea hosted a Slavia side who needed a big performance at Stamford Bridge to have any hope of progressing in the Europa League.
After the Blues secured a 1-0 win in Prague, Slavia needed to get on the front foot but it was Chelsea who struck first.
Chelsea turn on the style at the Bridge
Pedro scored the first goal of the game after just five minutes.
The Spaniard almost got a second five minutes later when he managed to strike the post from just a couple of yards out.
Thankfully for Pedro, his effort came off the post and deflected in off Slavia defender Simon Deli to give Chelsea a 2-0 lead and a three-goal cushion.
Sarri-ball at its finest
A brilliant Chelsea move with Pedro applying the finish
What a start! pic.twitter.com/UtcGo9l8y5
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 18, 2019
Just when you thought Chelsea would look to shut up shop, they added a third goal through Olivier Giroud.
That goal took the Frenchman top of the Europa League goalscoring charts with 10 goals.
Slavia then got one goal back through Tomáš Souček to raise a few concerns among the Stamford Bridge faithful.
However, those fears were quickly put at ease as Pedro got his second of the evening.
Despite the five goals in the first half, Eden Hazard was actually one of the biggest talking points and not necessarily for his performances.
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Social media reacts to Hazard’s rough treatment
That’s because the Chelsea man was targetted by the Slavia Prague players from the off.
Slavia’s plan looked to be hitting Hazard hard in every tackle to put him off his game.
Clearly, it didn’t work, with Hazard playing a pivotal part in several goals.
Though, it did cause some serious worries for Chelsea fans and officials that Hazard would not finish the game without injury.
i see prague are trying to kill hazard pic.twitter.com/CTNbE54M3O
— Alex Prosser (@ItsEdensGarden6) April 18, 2019
Take Hazard off, they’ll permanently injure him at this rate #CFC
— Fish (@Robin_Max_Lisa) April 18, 2019
Hazard is being battered by Slavia. Looks like the frustration of conceding 3 goals early and bidding farewell to their European dream are taking a toll on them. #Hazard #CHESLA pic.twitter.com/ZzTy8vyPsM
— Jayesh Bhargava (@meghan_chelsea) April 18, 2019
Take Hazard off.. they’re literally snapping him and the ties already over. Save him pls.
— Cal (@Rxstive) April 18, 2019
These fouls on Hazard are getting to be ridiculous
— auggie. (@King_Africa_) April 18, 2019
— DS (@CFC_DS_) April 18, 2019
Take hazard off before they break his ankle
— Diego (@TheRealAM93) April 18, 2019
Eden Hazard has been fouled three times by Slavia Prague players already and there’s a real worry in the #CFC camp he’ll end this game early through injury. Sarri has, therefore, sent Callum Hudson-Odoi and Willian out to warm-up – he isn’t taking any chances. #CFC #UEL
— Vaishali Bhardwaj (@VaiBhardwaj) April 18, 2019
Get hazard out man these farmers tryna break his leg
— . (@NARSAYEEEEEE) April 18, 2019
I mean it’s so obvious they’re gonna continue to foul hazard. Just take him off already
— CFC Blue Ultras (@CFCbluepride) April 18, 2019
Just getting silly now. At least take hazard off at half time. #CHESLA
— Ben Gill (@RealBenGill) April 18, 2019