IF there is one player at a rival Premier League club who could stroll imperiously into Manchester City’s starting line-up then it has to be Eden Hazard.
Mo Salah and Harry Kane might get close to making Pep Guardiola’s team but there is little doubt that Chelsea’s satin-booted talisman is the Premier League’s great individual talent.
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Tomorrow, he is up against the league’s great team and when asked about facing the champions on Belgian TV, there was a wistful sound to Hazard’s comments.
He said: "I think that City find more solutions in their play than we do. We have plenty of possession, but we often have to rely on individual actions to score goals.
“City are all about team play. You can see a lot of movement from them. That creates spaces, they get their crosses in, and I think they have more answers that way.”
Hazard, who has just 18 months left on his Stamford Bridge contract, sounded tired of having too much pressure thrust upon his shoulders.
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It is a responsibility which has proved onerous in recent weeks.
Having led the Premier League scoring charts in October, Hazard has failed to score in two months, taking in seven games for Chelsea and four for his national team.
Maurizio Sarri’s Blues have often failed to impress since Hazard’s goals dried up, losing at Tottenham and Wolves, being held at home by Everton and sneaking a late draw against Manchester United.
With neither of Chelsea’s centre forwards, Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud, in prolific form, there is a huge onus on Hazard in tomorrow’s Oil Firm derby against City.