Jose Mourinho has set up his Chelsea side like Arsene Wenger did when they went the whole of the 2003/04 season unbeaten. The ‘Special One’ is certainly on the right track to emulate his rival, who said was a ‘success in failure’. Winning seven of their first eight games in the Premier League and five points clear of last season’s champions Manchester City, many pundits and experts of the game have clearly expressed their admiration for the Blues in this current campaign and have even suggested that the way they are playing at the moment the title could be all sewn up.
Aswell as the team performing to its highest ability, one player has stuck out like a sore thumb; wing wizard, Eden Hazard has been impeccable and mesmerising for the Stamford Bridge outfit, who are attempting to win back their first Premier League title since 2010. The world-class midfielder, who can also play behind the striker, is in the form of his life, and ever since arriving in England in 2012 has sparked England’s top flight alight.
Despite his eye catching displays both in the league and in the Champions League, the Belgium superstar has openly said of his desire to one day win the Ballon d’Or and be confirmed as the best player in the world. However, Hazard has also said that there are currently five players in the world that are better than him. Is the winger right?
Hazard, who was Chelsea 2013/2014 Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year, says Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bayern Munich pair Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are the five players that he believes have better quality than him.
His fantastic form for French Ligue 1 side Lille, was the trigger for his move to West London. In his final season with the French club, Hazard scored a very impressive 20 goals in 35 appearances, and also still managed to create 16 assists. He showed the Premier League what he has to offer in his first two seasons with Chelsea after their Champions League success, but the results were not the same, scoring nine goals in 31 appearances and making 11 assists in his first season with Jose Mourinho. It’s showed that making the step up from the French league was a big one.
Hazard showed in Tuesday night’s Champions League 6-0 demolition of Slovenian outfit Maribor why he can cut the mustard amongst the world’s elite. However, its hard to believe if Hazard will ever reach 250 goals for his club like Lionel Messi has done with Barcelona or score 192 goals in 172 games like Cristiano Ronaldo has done with Real Madrid. There will be no player like Messi or Ronaldo in many years. Without a shadow of doubt, Hazard can class himself alongside, or maybe consider himself better than, the other three mentioned Ibrahimovic, Ribery and Robben.