Chelsea’s “Boys Next Door” feature has given us plenty of interesting insight into the dressing room already, and that continues this week with Eden Hazard talking about his Belgian group with Michy Batshuayi and Thibaut Courtois, and how messy they all are compared to some of their teammates.
It’s not much of a surprise at all that Michy and Eden’s fun loving personalities lead them to being messy, nor is it surprising that the fastidious Azpilicueta like to have all his ducks in a row.
“We don’t like order, we put stuff everywhere. We are not like Azpilicueta!” – Eden Hazard, Chelseafc.com
Another interesting thing from the interview – which was presumably conducted a few weeks ago, is Hazard talking about always being one of the first ones to arrive for training while he was suffered with his broken ankle. It’s another underrated aspect of the recovery process of players that they consistently talk about – the “loneliness” and the separation they feel from the rest of their team while they are in rehab.
In an interview with Chelsea’s official website, Hazard spoke candidly about his Belgian compatriot whom he neighbours with in the Chelsea dressing room.
When asked to reveal a secret of Batshuayi’s, Hazard recalled the striker’s initiation following his £32 million move from Marseille in 2016.
“You need to ask Michy about his song he had to sing when he first arrived at Chelsea after signing. It was a disaster!”, joked Hazard.
“Michy okay, he likes style, he likes to be dressed like a rapper. It is his own style, I don’t like it but for him, it is good.”
Batshuayi hasn’t quite commanded a first-team place under Antonio Conte behind initially Diego Costa and now Alvaro Morata, but isn’t struggling to adapt life in London.
“To be fair, Michy’s English is much better than before, he is improving a lot. I just want Michy to change his hair,” Hazard added.
However the 23-year-old is being made to feel at home Chelsea alongside international teammates Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.
He continued: “It is good because we are friends. We are from the same country, we talk the same language so it is funny. We can joke about something and we are laughing every time. That is the good thing. To have friends next to you.”
Since relocating from Marseille he’s been largely used as the Blues’ reserve striker (as understudy to Costa and then Morata).
To date, he’s featured 38 times for Chelsea, registering 15 goals and three assists in the process.
So far this season he’s produced six goals in nine matches including a first hat-trick for the club against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup and a memorable winning goal in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid.