Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has thrown his weight behind the fans who chose to boo Eden Hazard over his performance in the game against PSG on Wednesday night.
According to Hiddink the fans have the right to boo any player they feel dissatisfied with his performance and many feel this latest incident confirms that Hazard is no longer wanted at the Bridge.
The Dutch tactician was also critical of Hazard who was seen swapping shirts with Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria at half-time of their Champions League second leg match and said “it should not be done.”
Hiddink said he did not approve of the move, but refused to condemn the Belgian.
“I’m aware. It should not be done,” the Dutchman said. “But in some countries it’s usual that you do it [at half-time] and not after the game. Maybe they’re both used to doing that.
“Don’t overvalue this issue.”
For the home fans booing Hazard during and after the match, Hiddink said: “Yes, they had the right to do what they think. You can express always your feelings.”
Looking at the game generally, Hiddink felt Chelsea showed PSG too much respect early on and were punished when seeking a second goal to level the tie.
“Second half we pushed, we tried to get 2-1 [ahead],” Hiddink added.
“We were on the edge around 65th minute to score. We didn’t do so, and they had an attack and killed the game at that moment.”