Azpilicueta risks backlash
It has been mere weeks since Eden Hazard was criticised by Real Madrid’s fans, after being caught smiling and laughing with his former Chelsea teammates after losing to the Blues in the Champions League semi-finals.
Spanish media did not hold back in their criticism of the player.
“Hazard can’t continue at Real Madrid one second longer!”
How Spanish media outlet, El Chiringuito TV, reacted to images of Eden Hazard congratulating his former Chelsea teammates 😳
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 6, 2021
And Chelsea have now risked the wrath of their own fan base, after releasing an interview with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, where he too is seen smiling and even chuckling, when discussing the fallout from Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat.
“It’s hard to take but in less than three days we are back and playing again, so we have to recover and go for it. Tuesday is a massive game for our Champions League qualification,” he said.
“We are in a position where everything is in our hands and now is the moment, the last week of the Premier League. We want to be in the top four and qualify for the Champions League and we have to show it on the pitch.”
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 15, 2021
Similar to Real Madrid’s supporters, the Chelsea faithful replied to the tweet with criticisms of the Spaniard’s demeanour:
We aren’t winning these days because this guy is our captain. Not a true captain.
— Tuchel Ball (@TucheIBall) May 15, 2021
Take away his captaincy. pic.twitter.com/AVJ4bpu6Fy
— Seb (@ftblseb) May 15, 2021
Really looks like it hurts. pic.twitter.com/2R7ituz9MM
— Pys (@CFCPys) May 15, 2021
Why are you smiling???
— #8 (@MedianoEra) May 16, 2021
Some fans, however, were quick to come to the defence of the long-time Blues man.
As with Tuchel I think they are trying to keep the momentum going. Of course they are gutted but they have to show the team and the fans that yes we lost but they didn’t play badly and have to keep believing and look ahead. It’s very raw at the moment I know.
— CFC💙 (@MMBlue19) May 15, 2021
You can be hurt and still put on a brave face… you want him to cry or something?🤣
— Brandon (@carefreewb) May 15, 2021
Eden Hazard was forced to issue an apology via social media. Should the criticism of his behaviour continue, could we see Azpilicueta forced to do the same?
Eden Hazard has issued an apology to Real Madrid fans for laughing after their defeat to Chelseahttps://t.co/tyRwhc5HJ4
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 6, 2021
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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