Eden Hazard has stated in a recent interview that Didier Drogba helped him during his tough times at Chelsea. The 23-year-old winger was booed by some of the Blues’ fans at Stamford Bridge, after the sacking of former boss Jose Mourinho. However, the Belgian international has now confirmed in a statement that his former team-mate is always there for him, in times of crisis.

The attacker revealed that Drogba has been like a “big brother” to him, by helping him raise his spirits as and when needed, as he has looked to replicate the form from last season. With 19 goals in all competitions in the previous campaign, in which the west London side won the Premier League title and the League Cup, Hazard has failed to make an impact this time around.

The forward has barely made an impact this term along with some of his team-mates who have really failed to deliver, which has been the reason that the Londoners have suffered this season and the struggle continues on.

Chelsea lost nine games, in a total of 16, after which Mourinho was removed from his post as the manager. Speaking in an interview to the Guardian about Drogba’s contribution, Hazard said, “He’s always backed me.”

“I’m not sure whether he’d ever experienced periods like that in his career, but I’ve always considered him a bit like a big brother.”

“He’s there for me, whether it’s a text message or a phone call, and he’s helped raise my spirits. But I’ve never doubted myself.”

Further, accepting the fact that he is not as powerful as him off the pitch, he stated, “I’ve never been one to deliver speeches in the dressing room, like a John Terry, Frank Lampard or Drogba.”

“But I’ve always tried to lead in my own way on the field: demanding the ball, trying to make a difference.”