Andy Townsend: What disappointed me about Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard

Andy Townsend has admitted that he was disappointed Eden Hazard wasn’t able to have more of an impact in Chelsea FC’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Tuesday night.

The Belgium international has been the west London side’s best player in the 2017-18 season so far in an otherwise difficult campaign for the title holders.

Hazard scored twice in Chelsea FC’s 3-0 win over West Brom at Stamford Bridge earlier this month to take his tally to 11 goals in the Premier League this term.

However, the 27-year-old was overshadowed by Brazil international Willian in the Chelsea FC after Antonio Conte started the Belgian in a lone striker role.

Willian broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute before Lionel Messi equalised to secure a valuable away goal in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash.

Hazard has been linked with a potential move to La Liga giants Real Madrid in recent months.

However, former Chelsea FC defender Townsend wants to see more from Hazard following his subdued performance in the Champions League.

“I just felt that there were one or two situations for Hazard when he could have taken a player one,” Townsend told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Maybe gone past the last defender and had a shot himself. Listen, he didn’t play poorly. He kept going. He always made himself available to receive the ball. I felt there were one or two occasions when he was in a dangerous area where he could have done more.”

Chelsea FC lost 2-1 to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as Hazard failed to inspire the Blues to a positive result.

The Blues lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the League Cup semi-final last month to miss out on the chance to win the competition for the first time under Conte.

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