Chelsea TV exclusive: Hazard's fan power praise
News Tue 17 Apr 2018
Eden Hazard hailed the Chelsea fans for their impact as our ‘12th man’ in the memorable comeback victory over Southampton at the weekend.
The Blues claimed all three points on the South Coast, despite falling two goals behind to Mark Hughes’ side, with Hazard netting between two Olivier Giroud strikes to help send us back to London with the win.
In addition, the Belgian believes the victory sets up Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final with the Saints perfectly, with Hazard hoping for a repeat result at Wembley.
‘It was great to do it for the fans, because they showed great desire to push us on from the stands,’ Hazard told Chelsea TV. ‘The fans are always good and they support us away from home too. In the end, I think we deserved the win.
‘For sure, they are exactly that [the 12th man]. It wasn’t easy because we were two-nil down, but they supported us and continued to sing and scream for us. I think we have to credit the victory to them for the way they pushed us.
‘We are happy with this win and we want to do the same against Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final. We want to go through and get to the final, for sure.
‘We know that the game will be completely different [to the league fixture] but Southampton will also know that after the way we’ve come back, that we are ready to do everything to get the result we need.’
Alongside the former Lille man on the scoresheet was Olivier Giroud, who netted his first Premier League goals for the Blues after coming off the bench to turn the game around.
Hazard was quick to highlight the impact that the French striker had on the tie and believes he was fully deserving of his man-of-the-match award.
‘We know what Olivier is all about,’ said the Belgian international. ‘We know his quality and he showed that against Southampton, as he made a great impact from the bench.
‘He deserved this because he gives everything on the pitch and even when he isn’t on the pitch, he supports the team. All the focus was on him [after scoring] and he deserved the man-of-the-match award. He showed great character and great personality to play and to finish the game well for us.
‘My goal was important because it helped us come back and when you score one, you want to go on and get another, which thankfully Olivier did.
‘Sometimes things like this happen in football. We started the first half very badly, but we spoke together in the dressing room at half-time and we showed great character to come back and win the game.
‘I actually thought we started the game fairly well. The first 10 or 15 minutes we were in control of the game but then they scored the goal and things changed. We were a little bit down and were trying to play off the ball, but that wasn’t working because Southampton were defending very well.
‘After they scored the second goal we had to make some changes and you saw what happened after that! It was a great comeback and we were all very happy to get the win.’