Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Reaction: Eden Hazard sends brilliant warning after 1-1 draw against Atletico

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CHELSEA forward Eden Hazard believes his side deserved to beat Atletico Madrid tonight.


Chelsea finished second in Champions League Group C after rallying to draw 1-1 with Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues, already through, needed a win to secure top spot but fell behind to Saul Niguez’s header as Atletico sought the victory they needed to have any chance of progressing.

Hazard’s run forced Stefan Savic to turn the ball into his own net as Chelsea claimed a draw which saw them finish behind Roma, who beat Qarabag 1-0 tonight.

The Premier League champions had a number of golden opportunities to clinch all three points late on but could not beat Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Chelsea could now face the likes of Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the next round.

And while Hazard was disappointed not to finish top of their group, the Belgian insists his side can beat any club on their day.

Hazard told BT Sport after the game: “Their goalkeeper was on fire. We should top the group but it’s a good draw, Atletico are very strong. We are happy.

“It’s not a problem who we get, we are Chelsea. We are a top team too. We can do anything.”

Chelsea great explains how Eden Hazard has reached a whole new level under Antonio Conte

Eden Hazard has reached a whole new level of performance under Antonio Conte and is at the top of his game according to former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.

His retired team mate put his recent improvements down to a change of role in his manager’s formation and a new-found desire to put himself in better positions to attack goal directly.

Speaking ahead of the Atletico Madrid’s visit to Stamford Bridge in the final round of Champions League group stage matches the 39-year-old hailed the Belgian for expanding his game to cause more problems for the opposition.

Hazard has scored 0.41 goals per game since Conte took over in the Chelsea dugout. The winger managed only 0.27 goals per game prior to the Italian’s arrival.

“When he plays the ball, he wants to get into that open space to get behind,” said Lampard on BT Sport. “It’s something that if you wanted to criticise him before it’d be that he can beat people, he can maybe beat them three or four times, but is he getting into that critical position to score goals and create goals?

“And now we’re seeing him more central, in the box, running in behind defenders. He’s shown that not only can be a great creative force but he can score goals too.

“He’s been fantastic and is in great form at the moment.”









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