Phil Thompson praises Eden Hazard’s performance in Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to PSG
Phil Thompson singles out Eden Hazard for praise after Chelsea's 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain
Phil Thompson has praised Eden Hazard’s performance in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.
The Belgium international started the west London side’s first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash at Parc des Princes.
Hazard was replaced in the second half as Guus Hiddink brought on Oscar to provide fresh legs for the 2012 Champions League winners.
The 25-year-old has struggled to rekindle his impressive form from the 2014/15 season under Jose Mourinho and Hiddink so far this season.
However, former Liverpool captain Thompson, who won the European Cup in 1977, 1978 and 1981, felt Hazard produced one of his better performances at PSG.
“Hazard didn’t look completely fit, I don’t know what he’s doing in training,” Thompson told Sky Sports.
“But he played very well, he looked up and had good control, and maybe his fitness is the reason they brought him off after 70 minutes, to get Oscar on and give them some fresh legs.
“That said, he was nothing like the Eden Hazard of last year.”
Hazard is still waiting to score his first Premier League goal of the season after a disappointing 2015/16 campaign so far.
John Obi Mikel cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first-half opener for the hosts before substitute Edinson Cavani scored a 78th-minute winner for Laurent Blanc’s side.