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Eden Hazard's Pre-Match Routine At Chelsea Was Brilliant

Eden Hazard's Pre-Match Routine At Chelsea Was Brilliant

Eden Hazard used to loosen up for Chelsea games by playing Mario Kart in the dressing room, according to former teammate Felipe Luis.

The Belgian playmaker helped the Blues to two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues and an FA Cup win before leaving for Real Madrid last summer.

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And incredibly it seems the 29-year-old managed all that without taking his pre-game preparation all that seriously.

Speaking to YouTube channel 2AngryMen TV, Luis said: "Eden played Mario Kart in the dressing room, the fitness coach would say '10 minutes and we're going out to warm-up' and he wouldn't be dressed and would keep playing.

"Five minutes later he was still playing and the coach said 'Eden, come on man!' [Hazard] responded: 'Don't worry, you give me the ball and there won't be a problem'."

Luis, who now plays in Brazil for Flamengo and came up against Liverpool during the FIFA World Club Cup, said that being on the computer or phone wasn't something he could understand, adding, "For me, concentration is the most important, being on your phone on Facebook, Instagram, a lot takes that away from you, especially if you spend five hours a day on it."

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The full-back signed for the Blues in the summer of 2014 for around £15.8 million but lasted just one season in west London before returning to Atletico Madrid, after winning the league with Chelsea.

Luis with his title medal. Image: PA Images
Luis with his title medal. Image: PA Images

Whilst things are going well for Luis, with a Copa Libertadores and Campeonato Brasileiro Série A title to his name since moving to Brazil in 2019 they've gone less well for Hazard.

The 28-year-old has started just seven league games since making his dream move to link up with Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

In that time he's scored just one and got just one assist, with another assist coming in his five Champions League appearances, and he's yet to reach the heights he got to in England.

Hazard hasn't started life well in Spain. Image: PA Images
Hazard hasn't started life well in Spain. Image: PA Images

The former Lille player has been out of action since the end of November with an ankle injury and won't be back in time for the Spanish Super Cup tournament in Saudi Arabia next week.

Right now there's plenty of time for him to play Mario Kart and he'll want to race back onto the pitch once he is fit, just no slipping on banana skins.

Topics: gaming news, Football News, Eden Hazard, Chelsea, Premier League, Spain, Real Madrid, La Liga

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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