Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was in action for Belgium on Thursday night in the 3-1 Euro 2020 qualifiers victory over Russia – he netted twice in what was a typically superb performance from the maestro.
If Hazard was the hero of the hour for the Red Devils, then former Blues teammate Thibaut Courtois was certainly the villain – the Real Madrid keeper has had a disappointing season, compounded by an awful error on international duty.
The 6-foot-6 custodian stalled in his own box for too long and was seized upon by Russia striker Artem Dzyuba, who put the Belgian under pressure and caused him to spill the ball into the path of World Cup hero Denis Cheryshev, who finished with aplomb.
In the end, Courtois’ gaffe didn’t matter, but that didn’t stop Hazard from mercilessly mocking his teammate after the game. Here‘s what the number 10 said:
“Thibaut Courtois watches a lot of videos of my actions and then he tries to copy me.
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‘The problem is, he is much taller than me, so it isn’t that easy.”
Hazard’s jibe was all a bit of fun, but the Stamford Bridge faithful will have undoubtedly loved every second of it – Courtois departed for Los Blancos last summer in controversial circumstances and the Blues fans have labelled him a ‘snake’ ever since.
They have surely taken great joy in watching him fumble through his 2018/19 campaign and this latest error may be the sweetest of them all, with even Hazard joining in on the banter.