Eden Hazard has earmarked Belgium team-mate Kevin De Bruyne as a serious threat ahead of Chelsea’ clash with Manchester City on Saturday.
Just one point separates the two teams in at the top of the Premier League with Liverpool sandwiched in between the two ahead of the eagerly anticipated clash at the Etihad stadium.
Hazard, who has been in impressive form for the Blues this season, has admitted the worry of facing fellow Belgian De Bruyne who has been equally absorbing in the opening 13 fixtures.
‘He’s a top player,’ said Hazard. ‘He didn’t get his chance here at Chelsea but did very well in Germany and, since he went to City, he’s been on fire.’
De Bruyne, who failed to make an impact at Chelsea during his time at Stamford Bridge, was the victim of a Jose Mourinho system that didn’t suit him, according to Hazard.
‘Sometimes you don’t get the chance to play, or the system the manager uses isn’t right for you, but now he’s full of confidence. I hope next week he’ll have less confidence!,’ Hazard added.
‘It’s good for Belgium that two players are fighting for the title in England but I hope when we go to the national team we don’t fight! We’re good friends.’