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Eden Hazard claims English fans "aren't so fanatical about their teams" compared to Spain

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard says there is more pressure at Real Madrid than at Chelsea because there "aren't so many fans" in England.

The Belgium international ended a seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge to join los Blancos in an £88.5m deal this summer.

Zinedine Zidane's side have endured a tricky start to the season, winning two and drawing two of their opening four La Liga matches.

And Hazard says a failure to emerge victorious in any given game is a bigger deal at the Bernabeu.

"At Chelsea (opens in new tab) when we lost, we were disappointed, like the fans, but I never felt it was a disaster. It's different in Spain," he told UEFA (opens in new tab).

"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."

Madrid (opens in new tab) begin their Champions League campaign with a trip to PSG (opens in new tab) on Wednesday.

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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).