Hazard Lacks Passion – Gary Neville

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has taken aim at the ambition of Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Neville says Hazard will never reach the elite level of players after reacting to comments recently made by the Belgian.

Hazard stated: “I love to enjoy the game.

“I try to be the best, but if I’m not, then that’s not a problem for me. I just want to enjoy being on the field. I know that you sometimes have difficult moments in football, so I’m trying to play football on the same level. It does not matter in my mind to be the best.”

Neville cannot understand his statement. He believes that the Belgian’s mentality must be to try to become the best of the world.

“That really disappoints me. Really … He is a top player. Look he’d beat me nine out of ten times in a one-on-one situation. But if we try to push him to that category of Neymar. He will never achieve that. He has disappointed with his passion.”

Hazard Anxious To Shine In Champions League

Disheartened by his past failures, Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been urged to finally stamp his mark on the Champions League.

While Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have cemented their legendary status with headline-stealing performances in Europe’s elite club competition, Hazard remains one of the tournament’s biggest enigmas.

Hazard’s quality is without question and the Belgian midfielder has been shortlisted for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award after playing a key role in Chelsea’s Premier League title triumph last season.

But despite tormenting defenders in domestic competitions, since Hazard made his Champions League debut with Lille in 2011, the game’s grandest stage has seen frustratingly few glimpses of that exquisite talent.

With that in mind, Chelsea’s clash with Roma on Wednesday offers Hazard a chance to change the narrative.

Aware that Hazard is now in his prime years, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has issued a public challenge to a player sometimes known for letting his diffident personality have a negative effect on his performances.

“I think last season Eden played a really important season. He played very well and was really important for us to win the league,” Conte said.

“For us, he showed in every game great talent and to be a really good player. This competition is very important for him and for the team.

“This competition brings you on another level and I think he has all the possibility to do this. He is a top player. I think it is the right moment.”

Hazard’s maiden Champions League voyage ended with the youngster failing to score a single goal as Lille bowed out at the group stage.

Yet, convinced of Hazard’s potential, Chelsea signed him just weeks after they won the Champions League in 2012.

However, Hazard went goalless in Europe that season as Chelsea was embarrassingly eliminated at the group stage.

False dawn

Hazard netted his first Champions League goal against Schalke in 2013 and had one of his more influential campaigns, with Chelsea reaching the semi-finals.

That proved a false dawn as disappointing last-16 exits to Paris Saint-Germain in 2015 and 2016 featured more underwhelming efforts from the Belgian.

Conte made his plea for more urgency from Hazard as Chelsea look to recover after their Premier League title defence was dented by successive defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

Significantly, Hazard has been unable to replicate last season’s mesmerising form as he struggles to rediscover his sharpness following an ankle injury.

The 26-year-old needed surgery in the close-season and has been limited to only four starts for Chelsea in the current campaign.

Hazard has yet to score in eight appearances for Chelsea this term and still looked well short of his peak form when the Blues crashed to a shock 2-1 loss at Palace on Saturday.

Fortunately for Chelsea, Hazard’s slow progress has not hampered their Champions League ambitions.

He was a substitute when Conte’s side crushed Qarabag in their Group C opener before playing 82 minutes of their impressive 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid.

Keen to buy himself time to rediscover his rhythm, Hazard has tried to play down Chelsea supporters’ expectations.

“I missed football for three months and it’s not easy to come back after a big injury but I did,” he said. “I just want to play football. I will miss some games, I will play badly for some games.

“I just want to play and try to bring the best of me.

Eden Hazard: Can De Bruyne Jealousy Inspire Chelsea Star To New Level?

So can Kevin do it? Can Kevin de Bruyne succeed where Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte have failed…?

Can the success of De Bruyne at Manchester City. The plaudits. The adulation coming his way. Can all this actually motivate Eden Hazard? To kick Chelsea’s No10 into action and make him realize that the game can quickly pass him by?

There was no contest on Saturday. At Stamford Bridge. Under the floodlights and in front of the world. It was De Bruyne’s night. He’s played better this season, but over the full 90, he was the game’s outstanding player.

His winner offered everything Hazard couldn’t. De Bruyne had spent much of the game in a deeper position, collecting the ball from his back four, distributing where fit. And the manner of his goal only affirmed Pep Guardiola’s pre-match plan.

There he was, midway through the second-half, collecting the ball on the halfway line. A burst of acceleration drove him forward. A quick one-two with Gabriel Jesus was played. And without breaking stride, he powered his strike past Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal.

It was a classic midfielder’s goal. A classic from a bygone era of English football. The type Bryan Robson or Steven Gerrard would be proud of. Stamina. Power. Skill. As much physical as technical. Bursting from deep, Chelsea’s players, in that moment, couldn’t get close to De Bruyne. A goal made in the preseason. In the gym. Without the ball. A goal you’ll never see Hazard scoring…

Going into Saturday Conte, the Chelsea manager, went there. The last manager to do so was out on his ear within weeks. But Conte did it.

“If God gives you this talent, you must exploit this talent,” declared the Italian, when speaking about Hazard. “My task is sometimes to try and push him to be decisive in every moment, in every game, and also that the team-mates wait for this.”

Of course, we’ve seen this movie before. Less than two years ago. Only Mourinho – as he will do – went further, dropping Hazard after becoming exasperated by his attitude.

“How did he train (after being dropped)?” Mourinho shrugged after beating Aston Villasans his No10, “He trained like Eden…”

Conte won’t get a response from Hazard. Just as Mourinho failed to do so. Hazard, like us, has heard it all before. The complaints from Mourinho’s staff echoed by those Conte has now brought in: “He only does enough to get by”.

But there could be a shard of light. Resentment. Jealousy. Sheer panic. Whatever the emotion, the idea of De Bruyne now bypassing him in status has to burn Eden up.

Both 26. Both attacking midfielders. Both lauded by Belgium’s football authorities since they were U10s. But it was always Hazard who was celebrated. The future Belgium captain. The future Ballon d’Or winner. The one Real Madrid saw as their next No10. De Bruyne was always the afterthought. Good player. Great talent. But, c’mon, he’s no Eden Hazard…

But today? No-one’s talking about Hazard like Guardiola is talking about De Bruyne. No-one’s comparing Hazard to Cristiano Ronaldo as Guardiola, of all people, is De Bruyne with Leo Messi.

Indeed, the striking aspect to come from Saturday’s game was the lack of review of Hazard’s performance. There was no huge write-ups comparing him and De Bruyne. No pundits wondering out loud if Hazard’s crown had slipped. It was almost routine. Expected. Hazard, now in the shadow of his Belgium teammate, has become the afterthought.

A childhood rivalry, where he always had the upper hand, now flipped? Will his ego allow it? Could De Bruyne finally garner a reaction from Hazard where Mourinho – and now Conte – have failed?

“Eden is Eden,” says Piet de Visser, Chelsea’s brilliant part-time talent spotter. “He is a player with superb individual actions, but someone who will never be a machine. He also wants to relax. Do not make him the captain. Just tell him to have fun on the field.”

But for Hazard. For his ego. Can he find “fun” seeing De Bruyne enjoy all this current success when he knows, deep down, “that should be me”…?

For Chelsea. For Hazard’s career. You hope the answer is: no.



Source: Tribal Football

Angry Opponent Fan Attacks Chelsea Star Eden Hazard at Upton Park

After scoring the opener in Chelsea’s Premier League victory over West Ham United on Monday night March 6, 2017 Eden Hazard was attacked on the pitch by an angry West Ham United fan who was furious by the goal scored by the Belgian.
Chelsea grabbed the opener in the 25th minutes when N’Golo Kante broke up an attacking move on the left, fed Hazard who played a one-two during a swift counter-attack and dribbled past Randolph in goal.

The man actually wanted to harm Eden Hazard after scoring, but he was prevented from doing so by security officials.

Chelsea defender David Luiz also ran to blast the pitch invader before he was marched out of the stadium by security men.

The Blues went on to win the crucial encounter 2-1 and they have now restored their 10 points lead on the Premier League standings.