Chelsea magician Eden Hazard was targeted by Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United as they consistently fouled Hazard and Chelsea legend Pat Nevin insists the tackles on Hazard were deeply unimpressive.
“They were committed and passionate to be sure, but challenges on Eden Hazard in the first half in particular were deeply unimpressive. I spent much of my career on the end of crunching tackles and clear fouls aimed at intimidating me and slowing me down,” Nevin wrote in Chelsea’s official website.
“Unless I actually got injured it always had the opposite effect and just fired me up to get more of the ball, beat more of them and create more chances. In the midst of it, I always knew when opposition were taking it in turns to have a kick. Eden would have been acutely aware last night and what was heartening is the referee was clued in too, which he should have been as a third of all the fouls in the entire game were on Eden Hazard.
“When the sending off came there was fury as it was a long way from the worst offence, but the man in the middle had warned the United players that he knew what was going on.
“Many disagreed but I was 100 per cent behind the referee at that moment.”