In another confusing case of half-time shirt swapping, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard exchanged jerseys with Paris Saint-Germain’s Ángel Di María after 45 minutes of Champions League round-of-16 play yesterday. Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink’s response? “It should not be done.”
We get it, Hazard. And we probably would’ve done the same thing. It’s hard to resist Angelito’s gliding grace and charm as he blows past you down the wing.
The score was level at one apiece heading into half, with the visitors up 2-3 on aggregate thanks to a 2-1 first-leg victory at Parcs des Princes. But the second half sealed the deal; Di María slotted a beauty of a pass into Zlatan to make it 1-2. 2-4 on aggregate. Game.
“I’m aware. It should not be done,” the Dutch manager said upon the conclusion of the match. “But in some countries it’s usual that you do it [at halftime] and not after the game. Maybe they’re both used to doing that.”
Safe to say we’re all a little bit jealous of you, Hazard (and happy you’re out of the UCL running too ?).