Football: Chelsea players owe club a Cup-winning performance

Chelsea's Eden Hazard has not demonstrated the form to prompt Real Madrid to bid for him.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard has not demonstrated the form to prompt Real Madrid to bid for him.PHOTO: REUTERS

Chelsea players have a point to prove in the FA Cup final after the no-show at Newcastle

The inference was barely disguised. Chelsea needed to buy players to win the English Premier League title, Eden Hazard said this week.

The implication was that they needed him more than he needs them. They must spend if he is to sign a contract extension, Hazard feels. Yet if Chelsea have a point to prove to their most gifted individual, the opposite is also the case. Footballers owe the club at Wembley today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'Wembley stage fright won't do'. Print Edition | Subscribe