Chelsea not equipped to win Champions League: Eden Hazard

Mar 20, 2014, 08:31 IST |

Despite entering the Last 8 with a strong display against Galatasaray, star forward says Chelsea's chances of going all the way in the European competition look bleak this year

London: Eden Hazard refused to get excited after Chelsea reached the Champions League quarter-finals, insisting there are better teams left in the competition.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard in action against Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Pic/Getty Images
Chelsea's Eden Hazard in action against Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Pic/Getty Images 

Goals from Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill saw the Blues run out comfortable 2-0 winners - 3-1 on aggregate - over Galatasaray on Tuesday evening.

Eto'o opened the scoring with the first attack of the game, controlling Oscar's pass before firing low into the corner.

Chelsea made their dominance count shortly before the break when Cahill converted the rebound from a John Terry header.

But with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and holders Bayern Munich already booking their quarter-final spot, Hazard has downplayed Chelsea's chances of winning the Champions League for a second time.

"I think there are teams better equipped to win (the Champions League)," Hazard told beIN Sports.

"We have a team with young players who do not have enough experience of high-intensity games. But we will do our best and we will go as far as possible."

After drawing the first leg 1-1 in Turkey, Galatasaray knew they had to score at least once to have any chance of progressing to the quarter-finals, but they put in a limp display at Stamford Bridge.

Even striker Didier Drogba, the subject of much of the talk in the build-up ahead of his return to his former club, failed to cause any problems for the home defence.

'Very, very bad show'
Roberto Mancini labelled his side's showing on Tuesday as "very, very bad". "We really played very, very badly," he said after the match.

"Chelsea were the better side and they converted the opportunities they got. "It's impossible to score with just one shot on goal. We need to take several steps in order to be a better team."

'We're still learning'
Drogba, meanwhile, was disappointed with his side's inability to match their first-leg performance.

"We wanted to play the way we played in the first leg but that did not happen," the Ivorian striker said.

"We are still learning and the team is still young. I hope next season things will be different."

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