Martin Keown: Chelsea star Eden Hazard embarrassed this Man City player
Martin Keown says Manchester City struggled to deal with the quality of both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa at the weekend
Martin Keown believes that Manchester City struggled to deal with both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa during Saturday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea.
Both Costa and Hazard ran riot in the second half at The Etihad as Chelsea came from a goal down to earn a 3-1 win over Pep Guardiola’s men and underline their status as genuine contenders for the Premier League title.
Hazard scored Chelsea’s third goal after a sweeping counter attack, while Costa set the Blues on their way towards their comeback by netting their opening goal early in the second half.
And former Arsenal defender Keown feels that Guardiola’s men struggled to cope with the pace and quality of both Hazard and Costa.
Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Keown said: “City struggled with the pace and power of Diego Costa.
“When he chested that diagonal pass from Cesc Fabregas, Nicolas Otamendi was shrugged off.
“There aren’t many who can handle Costa in a one-v-one but Otamendi should have done better. You don’t want your centre backs being swatted away.
“When I saw Eden Hazard run through on Aleksandar Kolarov it was almost embarrassing. It looked like Kolarov was running through treacle!
“Kolarov will have been picked for his attacking qualities. Pep Guardiola will have set out to win the game before Hazard got a sniff of goal.
“But when you play with such freedom, you leave holes for teams to run into.”
Chelsea are flying high at the top of the Premier League table and are three points ahead of second-placed Arsenal after 14 games of the new season.
The Blues finished 10th and without a trophy last season.