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Speaking to Chelsea website one of the Blues best talents, Dominic Solanke, analysed the season that just ended, focusing on the Youth teams triumphs.

To define the campaign, he started like this:

“It’s been brilliant,”

“Last season was good for me with winning the Youth Cup and the European Championships with England Under-17s, but this season has been even better.

“The Youth League was a competition we all wanted to win, it’s only been running two years so to win it in its second year was very good for us.

“It’s amazing to have been crowned the best Under-19 team in Europe. We got to sample a lot of different places and cultures in the tournament, and to come out on top shows the level we’re at.

“I’ll never forget making my first-team debut. It was an amazing opportunity for me to go out and play in front of all of those supporters. I can only learn from that type of experience. I was the youngest ever player to do it for the club as well so I was really pleased.”

Solanke impressed this season scoring 41 goals across all competitions, including in the FA Youth Cup final.

Tammy Abraham is another very striker in Chelsea Academy and has also been extremely prolific in the last campaign: Solanke admits their healthy rivalry brings the best out of both players.

“I got around 20 goals last season and everybody was telling me I’d have to do the same, but I managed get double it so it’s been a really good season for me. Everyone in football is competitive and the fact myself and Tammy are both scoring helps push us both on”

Solanke travelled with the first team in the post-season tour in Thailand and Australia: he also managed to score the winner against Thailand-All Stars in Bangkok:

“When the season finished I was told I’d be going on the trip and it was a chance for me to impress”

“I managed to score against the Thailand All-Stars and it was the winning goal, so that was good for me”

“It was the best time to impress because there weren’t so many of the first-team players there and we all managed to get some game time. When those opportunities come along you have to take them.”

Solanke had the chance to play with footballers like Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Eden Hazard and he was impressed by their really welcoming behavior towards the youngsters:

“Having people you know here helps you because you feel more comfortable and you can speak to them whenever you need to, but all the first-team players have been really helpful”

“They’ve done brilliantly this year and the experience was an enjoyable one for all of us”.

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Marc Wilmots, the manager of the Belgian national team, has announced that Eden Hazard is set to captain Belgium in their next two matches.

Hazard had been promoted to the vice-captain, but due to Vincent Kompany’s injury he will be handed the captain`s armband for the friendly against France on June 7th and Wales on June 12th in what is considered a crucial European qualifier.

But despite Kompany’s injury, Wilmots had no hesitation in giving the Chelsea playmaker the captaincy.

“Eden himself has changed enormously. It’s a choice. He already knew I was not going to wait until the game against France to tell you [about his promotion to Belgium’s vice-captaincy].”

Hazard has made 56 appearances for the national team, which has now been ranked second in the world in the FIFA rankings. He has scored seven goals.

 

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PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard admitted that he do not always get along with his coach Jose Mourinho, but any kind of misunderstandings are quickly solved and forgotten. The results of cooperation between those two seems to confirm Hazard’s words.

Chelsea come back on the Premier’s League throne after five years of absence. Mainly thanks to phenomenal Belgium midfielder. During the season Hazard played in 38 matches in which he scored 8 goals and had 9 assists. However the most impressive statistics of this 24-year-old player are 1909 completed passes with with 87% accuracy and 59% of shot accuracy.

The Belgium midfielder participate also in 13 Champions League matches. The defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the 1/8 was a suprising failure.

That is why it seems that next season targets for Chelsea will be not only consecutive supremacy in Premier League but also higher then 1/8 level of Champions League competition.

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Hazard with his new friend: the koala

Eden Hazard seems to enjoy Chelsea post-season celebration tour and, particularly, Australia.

The Belgian player was all smiles with José Mourinho and John Terry during the pre-match event with Sidney FC in the Australian city, then he posted a bunch of pictures on his Instagram account where he shows he is relishing his staying there.

The first one in an oriental restaurant with Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Petr Cech, Jamal Blackman and goalkeepers’ coach Cristophe Lollichon.

Then a selfie with one of Australia’s symbol, a koala, stating he found a new friend.

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Eden Hazard has praised the Australian fans ahead of Chelsea’s game against Sydney FC.

Hazard played in the club’s 1-0 win over Thailand All-Stars in Bangkok, before the team flew south ahead of their friendly with Sydney, who play in the Australian A-League, on Tueaday night.

The Chelsea playmaker was particularly popular with the hundreds of local fans who gathered to greet the side at the airport. In return, the Belgian was quick to return the compliment:

The fans here are crazy but that’s good, and I hope we can show them we are here to win the game and enjoy it.”

Hazard, who won the PFA, Writers and Chelsea’s Player of the Year award, also said he was looking forward to the game ahead, and beyond:

We want to finish with a victory, we won in Bangkok and now we are here to win. After that we will have a holiday, a rest and be ready for next season.”

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Frank Lampard admitted that at the beginning he wasn’t sure about Eden Hazard’s talent but after seeing him during his first match againts Wigan he changed his mind.
”I remember him coming to Chelsea and I wasn’t sure – even with the lovely flicks. When we played Wigan the first game of the season, he absolutely ruined them”.
For Eden Hazard this season was absolutely great. He scored 14 goals in Premier League becoming Chelsea’s second top scorer. Also he was called the top dribbler in Europe’s top five leagues. Another confirmation of his talent are the double of the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards.

Although not only Lampard is fascinated about the Belgium player, also John Terry compares his talent to the greatest.

Frank Lampard: “I’ve told him he can go as far as he wants to go, and I’m talking Messi and Ronaldo level.”

John Terry:”He’s certainly got the potential to be right up there. When you look at the likes of [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo and what they’ve achieved, this boy can go on and be right up there with both of them.”

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With the match against Thailand All Stars imminent, Eden Hazard spoke to Chelsea TV on the past week. 

“We got the trophy at Stamford Bridge, and now we’re in Bangkok to see the fans,” he began.

Eden Hazard thought back to lifting the trophy: “I  was like a kid when you get a new toy. I came here to win this trophy, we did it this season and it’s been a great season for all of us.”

“It’s the end of a fantastic season for me. I got a lot of trophies, it’s fantastic, I cannot describe,” the winner of multiple Player of the Year awards remarked. “I just want to say “thank you” [to the teams], because without them I am nothing. I cannot play alone. They give everything on the pitch.”

Chelsea have been met with adoring fans wherever they go. Hazard has enjoyed the experience: “The flight was long, but we know it’s for a good reason. We enjoy it here with the fans and finish the season in a good way.” 

Hazard aims to entertain the fans, regardless of the humidity of Bangkok: “When you are outside on the pitch you give everything, it doesn’t matter the weather. We still have to give everything like we did the last game. The pitch is not bad, and we have to enjoy.”

When Hazard was asked if Chelsea could retain the title, he replied: “I hope – why not?”

Hazard would hope to carry the momentum from the past 7 days over into his other upcoming matches and into the season.

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Eden Hazard won the Player of the Year Award last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard monopolized this season Chelsea Player of the Year Awards.

The Belgian player won both Players’ Player of the Year and Player of the Year Award.

Hazard said to be very happy and thanked all of his teammates, revealing he voted for Cesar Azpilicueta.

Nice touch from Chelsea boss José Mourinho that before announcing the Player of the Year called all the players in the squad on the stage, to reinforce the concept that the group won.

Mourinho also did a very nice and funny speech during the night, that we will post soon.

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