Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane said Eden Hazard is looking forward to playing against his former club Chelsea ahead of Tuesday’s Champions league semi-final clash.
Zinedine Zidane has named the Belgium international in Real Madrid’s 22-man squad for the first-leg match.
It remains unclear whether Hazard will be fit enough to start, having just returned after a 41-day injury absence on Saturday.
However, according to Varane, the 30-year-old is eager to play against his former club.
“He’s really motivated, I’ve spoken to him,” the centre-back said in his pre-match press conference on Monday about Hazard’s reaction.
“Every player is excited to play in a semi-final and if you’re playing against your former club, it’s even more of a motivation.
“He knows the club and the team very well.
“We know Eden’s quality, he’s keen to show it on the pitch and to help the team.”
Of course, Hazard is not the only one who will play against his former club.
Thibaut Courtois was also part f the title-winning Chelsea squad under Jose Mourinho in 2014/15 and Antonio Conte in 2016/17.
Unfortunately, Mateo Kovacic, who spent four years at Real Madrid, has been ruled out of the first leg due to a hamstring injury.
Tuchel is hopeful that the midfielder could return for this weekend’s derby against Fulham, though, so he might be available for the second leg.