Eden Hazard believes he could take his game to ‘a much higher level’ if he had the vision of Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas.
The two team up in Madrid on Wednesday night for Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Atletico but, as part of a feature for France Football Magazine, Hazard cast envious glances towards Fabregas’ ability to read and see the game.
Hazard was asked to build his perfect footballer, taking the heading ability of Belgium team-mate Christian Benteke, the free-kicks of Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and the leadership of former Chelsea skipper John Terry.
After admitting that he’s not the most vocal on a football field, Belgian wizard Hazard was happy to point to Terry as a source of encouragement and motivation when he played alongside him at Stamford Bridge.
“I do not like to talk,” Hazard told France Football.
“For the national team, I am captain but I say nothing. I do my talking with the ball, on the ground.
“Like Zidane at the time. Being captain, it’s an innate thing too.
“There are people who are made for … ‘Yeah, yeah!’
“People who are made to scream. John Terry is the best captain in the world. He is there, he encourages you all the time.
“He screams. When you do not play well, it does not matter, he speaks to you, tells you that you must move.
“He has the right words. When I am a captain, I say to myself: ‘What am I going to say?’
“I should be able to but I can not. And there is no question of forcing myself. It will not be me.
“I do not like it. Some people like to talk, others do not.”
But in terms of vision, it’s Fabregas who got the nod.
‘I have had the chance to play with (Cesc) 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… (placing 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.’
Hazard opted to keep his own ‘speed’ as part of the theoretical exercise, which he puts down to his mother, while he opted for the finishing of Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, the ‘class’ of Andres Iniesta, the off-the-ball movment of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo’s physicality.
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata: I’m happy with my start, but I can do better
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has insisted that he can improve despite already scoring important goals in the early stages of the season.
The Spain international, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid for a reported £58m fee in the summer, has netted six times in as many outings.
On Saturday, the 24-year-old, who was also linked to Manchester United, scored his first hat-trick for the club in a 4-0 victory over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.
“I am happy with my start in the Premier League but I can do better,” the London Evening Standard quotes Morata as saying. “I had two [more] chances at the end of the game against Stoke. I also need to improve my physical condition to be as good as possible.”
Antonio Conte currently sit third in the Premier League table, three points behind Manchester City and Manchester United.