FABREGAS: HAZARD IS UNDERRATED

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been in phenomenal form since the World Cup, and the Belgian has been one of the best players in the league this season as well.

With 10 goals and 9 assists in all competitions, Hazard might just have his best ever individual season since he joined Chelsea in 2012.

Hazard himself thinks that his reputation as a player has gone up since his performance at the World Cup.

He said: “Personally I feel like I went on to another level because of the World Cup,” he adds of the tournament in which his country came third and he won the Silver Ball.

“I think before the World Cup people thought I was a good player, but after the World Cup they were saying I was one of the best players in the world. That’s the level I want to reach and stay at. I think since the beginning of the season I have done pretty well.”

His teammates Cesc Fabregas and Pedro have been in awe of Hazard, and Fabregas just thinks that Hazard is even underrated.

“He is very good playing with his back to goal,” Fabregas said.

“That’s a difficult quality, especially in England. They press you high, they go in very hard, and he has this strong body with low gravity. He is very quick on the turn.

“For players like me who always try to play between the lines, it helps a lot. That’s why I basically look for him all the time. I also think he is very underrated with his final ball. He has got a lot of good vision. He is intelligent. He doesn’t just dribble and then pass it back. There is a purpose to everything Eden does.”

Pedro said of the Chelsea star: “For me it’s good to find him and have combinations, one-twos, and create space.

“It’s very difficult to mark him because he moves a lot in between the lines. He is very good at dribbling, he scores goals, he assists team-mates. He’s a complete player and the best here for sure. Eden is a machine on the pitch.”

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