Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is back to his very best this season after suffering the worst campaign of his career by far in 2015/16. The Belgian has been near unplayable at times in recent weeks and that has never been more clear than against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.
Hazard is statistically among the Premier League’s very best dribblers this season. He was always looking to take the game to the Cherries defenders at Stamford Bridge and doesn’t really know any other way.
“It is my way to play,” he told Chelseafc.com.
“I like to create some problems in the other defence. I like to touch the ball, I like to try to do something and sometimes I do, sometimes not but I know I am good when I go one against one, sometimes even one against two. I have got this quality so it is my style of play.”
Decision making is the difference between good players and great players – knowing when to dribble, when to pass when to shoot. What’s more frightening about Hazard is that it all comes so naturally to him.
“It is natural, I play with instinct. I don’t think about I need to do this or I need to do that,” the former Lille star explained.
“Once I have the chance to do something, it is instinct it depends on – sometimes I dribble, sometimes I pass the ball. I see a guy who is in the better place to shoot, I pass the ball. And when I dribble I don’t look at the balance of the opponent.”
It has most definitely been working. Hazard has nine Premier League goals and one assist to his name after almost half the season and is well on course to match his career personal best in front of goal during a single league campaign – currently 20 for Lille in 2011/12.
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