Pundit: This is why Chelsea star Eden Hazard wasn’t at his best against Middlesbrough

Pat Nevin has sussed out why Eden Hazard was subdued against Middlesbrough.

The Belgian man failed to make a major impact as the Blues held on for a 1-0 win.

And Nevin thinks an early knock took its toll on Hazard.

“Eden Hazard has put in a hell of a shift but he has not has his best game,” he said on BBC Radio Five Live.

“You always come to see a player like him play – you want to see something extra special but he had a couple of knocks early on which seemed to slow him down a little I think.”

Despite Hazard not being at his blistering best, Chelsea recorded a win which sends them top of the table.

Diego Costa got the only goal, volleying home after Middlesbrough failed to clear their lines following a Hazard corner.

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