CHELSEA DEFEND HAZARD AFTER PFA TEAM OF THE YEAR SNUB

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard was controversially snubbed for the Premier League Team of the Year, despite having a wonderful season with Chelsea.

Hazard misses out for the second year running despite being on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

However, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba made the PFA Team of the Year ahead of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard despite Hazard’s record breaking season for Chelsea.

Pogba’s inclusion in the list is shocking as the midfielder struggled for the first half of the season under Jose Mourinho. Even though his performances improved under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Pogba’s form has dipped once again in the last few weeks.

No player in the Premier League this season was involved in more goals (29) than Hazard and it’s definitely a shame the Belgian isn’t on the Team of the Year. Hazard has scored 16 league goals and provided 13 assists this season.

Chelsea have moved to back Hazard following his Team of the Year snub, and indirectly pointing out Paul Pogba as a candidate who shouldn’t be on the list.

Chelsea wrote on the club’s official website: “Our no.10 is enjoying an outstanding season full of eye-catching moments and his non-selection is being widely described as a surprise omission. Certainly his headline statistics from the current season cannot have counted against him when the votes were cast.

“Hazard is enjoying his best Premier League campaign to date when it comes to goals and assists combined, and indeed he tops the table for that total across the all the players at all 20 clubs.

“One more goal in the remaining three matches and he will have surpassed his 16 scored in the league in 2016/17. His 13 assists is already two greater than his best previous Premier League tally, which came in his first season here in 2012/13.

“The PFA Teams of the Year are determined by the votes of the professional footballers in each respective division.

“This year’s Premier League selection very much reflects the two teams contesting for the title with all but one of the 11 named coming from those two sides, although Mohamed Salah is not one of them. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in midfield is the odd one out in coming from a different club.”

Reacting to Hazard’s snub, Sarri said: “I think Eden deserved to be in the top 11 of the Premier League.

“I think also at the moment the table is clear, City and Liverpool and then the other teams. I think the vote was influenced by the table.”

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