Chelsea star Eden Hazard admits he is an awe of the passing and vision of his team-mate Cesc Fabregas, during an interview in which he discussed how he’d build his perfect footballer.
The Belgium international is regarded as one of the top attacking players in the world on his day, but conceded he’d be on a much higher level if he could pass a ball like Fabregas.
The Blues midfielder has long been one of the best creative players in the game and continues to pull the strings for Antonio Conte’s side in a manner that few others can.
Hazard told France Football he’d also like to have the free-kicks of Christian Eriksen, the heading ability of Christian Benteke and the leadership of former Chelsea captain John Terry.
But it was arguably Fabregas about whom he spoke in the most glowing terms.
‘I have had the chance to play with Fabregas and I can say that he has the best game vision in the world,’ Hazard said.
‘He does not run fast, technically he does not make gestures… But he has that thing, and he has it since he was born.
‘If I have his vision of the game, I’d be there… (he places his hand over his head) I’d be on a much higher level.
‘The guy takes the ball, does not even look and puts it right where he wants to just behind the defender. And behind, the guy will score.
‘I say to myself: “But how did he see that?” Sometimes, in the team, between us, we say to ourselves: “But why is he doing that?” And, in the end, the pass is magnificent.’
Eden Hazard reveals Thierry Henry’s crucial advice before Atletico Madrid clash
Eden Hazard has lifted the lid on attacking advice given to him by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry ahead of Chelsea‘s clash with Atletico Madrid.
Henry, widely regarded to be Arsenal’s greatest player of all-time, took over as Belgium’s assistant manager in August 2016, working alongside former Everton boss Roberto Martinez.
Hazard, who was injured while on international duty with Belgium back in June, has only made one start for Chelsea this term but is set to be unleashed in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Ahead of the mouthwatering encounter with Atleti, Hazard told France Football: ‘In Lille, I always wanted the ball at my feet. Always, always, always.
‘But even if you do not have the ball, you create something, you make a call, you create a space.
‘It’s something I’ve improved on, but I can still do more.
‘In the national team, Titi [Thierry Henry] gives me tips of attacking movements, the ball calls. He also told me not to always ask for the ball to feet.’