In this evening’s Champions League action, Chelsea succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of PSG in the French capital. But arguably the best player on the pitch was Blues star Eden Hazard, who netted his side’s only goal of the match. So in homage to his inspiring performance, here’s three reasons the Belgium international is, to use the old cliché, ‘world-class’.
Former allegiances to Lille or not, you know you’re something special when the fans feel compelled to boo and wolf-whistle every time you get on the ball. From the opening minutes, Eden Hazard received such a cold reception from the PSG supporters, as these twitter enthusiasts quickly picked up on:
Poor that. You don’t boo hazard especially the player he his. Did he play for Lille?
— Lewis Brooks (@_mcfclewis) April 2, 2014
Hazard targeted with constant boos and chant from the PSG fans. That’s the end of the Hazard to PSG articles.
— CarefreeDaily (@CarefreeDaily) April 2, 2014
Not that it put him off at all – the Belgium international was arguably Chelsea’s man of the match.
For a player so young – Hazard is still just 23 years of age – his confidence and composure is astounding. Chelsea conceded an early goal and the atmosphere at Parc des Princes was already intense enough to say the least. Oscar went down in the box at the 26th minute after a very clumsy challenge from Thiago Silva. And who did the Blues rely on to get them back into the game? The Belgium international of course, who stepped up to the spot and calmly stroked the ball into the corner of the net, sending Salvatore Sirgu the wrong way.
Although this Chelsea fan didn’t seem to appreciate it too much…
While all the Chelsea fans were celebrating Hazard’s penalty… pic.twitter.com/IjRz474B8I
— The Football Café (@thefootballcafe) April 2, 2014
If there’s one sector of Eden Hazard’s game that’s undisputedly world class, it’s undoubtedly his exceptional dribbling ability. The 23 year-old never loses the ball when it’s at his feet, no matter how many defenders he’s faced with, and no matter what dead-end he’s inadvertently stumbled into. I say stumbled, I should say graced into. Tonight he recorded 3 successful dribbles, the most of any player involved in the match. Likewise, the Belgium rarely concedes possession through his passing. Against PSG this evening, he recorded 35 accurate passes out of 40. These Chelsea fans agree:
Hazard is so so good haha he never loses the ball
— Tom. (@t0m_mann) April 2, 2014
Hazard is a virtuoso. So confident on the ball. #cfc
— Anthony Lopopolo (@sportscaddy) April 2, 2014
Hazard beats 3 men with a couple of touches of the ball, incredible.
— ParkedTheBus (@ParkedTheBus) April 2, 2014