Gianfranco Zola, Chelsea legend and assistant to current Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri, believes that Eden Hazard is one of the best players in the world.
The Belgian winger inspired Chelsea’s comeback win against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup tonight, coming off the bench to net the winner after Emerson equalised for the Blues. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring for Liverpool.
It was a tremendous goal from the 27-year-old, who picked the ball up out wide before driving through on goal and finishing low. Chelsea held on to win the game 2-1.
There has been a lot of debate about Hazard recently, with some claiming he’s right up there with the best players in the world, while others think he’s short of that. For Zola, however, there is no doubt on that subject.
“I think it was a fantastic goal and especially not only the beauty but the moment,” Zola told Sky Sports. “He was on his own with four defenders, an unbelievable goal.
“He’s not only one of the best in the Premier League – if not the best – he is one of the best in Europe if not the world.
“Eden is growing fast in his maturity and the choices he makes on the pitch, and in my opinion we haven’t seen the best of him yet. He’s remarkable.”
Hazard is certainly beginning to prove doubters wrong with his form so far this season; tonight’s was his sixth goal in his seventh game, while he came off the bench in three of those. If we haven’t seen the best of him yet, defenders are in for a nightmare for the rest of the campaign.
Tonight was the first of two encounters between Liverpool and Chelsea this week, with the second to come at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday. Saturday’s game is the most important of the two, and Hazard is well aware of that.
He said: “This result will give us more confidence because we drew with West Ham four days ago. The game on Saturday is more important. We have got to try and beat Liverpool on Saturday.”
Saturday’s game is expected to be a thriller. Both sides have shown that they play fantastic football, and will both have their full-strength teams out, unlike tonight’s game. Chelsea will feel like they now hold the upper hand after beating their potential title challengers tonight.
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