Eden Hazard is developing an understanding of what Real Madrid and its ways are really about.
In an interview with UEFA, Hazard talks of the realisation he was somewhere special.
From the moment he arrived, he knew it was a totally different level.
“It was so special, when I arrived I felt instantly at home on the pitch.”
“The different thing was the press conference, seeing all the fans and all the screens, the president giving a speech but all the cameras are on you.”
“I can’t really describe it, it feels quite exciting, but it’s nice, however you can feel a little impatient when you see all those people.”
“Especially when you’re better on the pitch, I just want to let my feet do the talking.”
He has developed an understanding of the Madrid meaning of success and what real fans are like.
“At Chelsea when we lost, we were disappointed, like the fans, but I never felt it was a disaster, it’s different in Spain.”
“I think that here the fans are really fans, football is everything to them and they need players to give everything, in England, there aren’t so many fans.”
“Of course, people there like football and everyone be that young people, adults or teenagers are really interested in football, but they aren’t so fanatical about their teams.”
On working with legends and heroes like his manager Zinedine Zidane, he added:
“We have been working together for more than a month and I am very happy.”
“I feel like a small child, not only because of him but because of the other players here.”
“I am learning every day and I am getting to know them.”
“It’s great to work with a coach that you can feel has been a player when you talk to them, I just need to learn from him.”
As he prepares to embark on his maiden Champions League adventure with his new club.
He describes the feeling of knowing that there is an expectation at Real when it comes to the Champions League.
“Yes (I can feel it) since I arrived. You feel it knowing that it is the club that has won the most.”
“When you are at Real Madrid, even if it is my first year, talking to the fans, they always expect you to win the Champions League.”
“That is why I think there is so much expectation placed on this competition and that is why the club has won it more than any other team.”