Pat Nevin lavishes praise on Eden Hazard and Chelsea stars: I’m amazed by this
Pat Nevin heaps praise on Eden Hazard and Chelsea's speeding attacking stars for their displays this season
Pat Nevin believes that Chelsea’s strong performances this season are partly down to the speed of some of their top attacking players.
The west London side once again underlined their status as genuine Premier League title contenders on Sunday when they came from a goal down to score three second-half goals and seal a 3-1 win at Manchester City.
That victory kept Chelsea three points clear at the top of the table and marked their eighth win on the spin in the top flight.
Chelsea were widely praised for the speed of their attacks against City at The Etihad.
And Chelsea legend Nevin feels that the Blues’ impressive display was helped by the speedy play of Pedro, Willian, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.
Writing in his column for Chelsea’s website, Nevin said: “You don’t always realise the speed those guys move at, even in comparison with other Premier League players.
“Pedro looks fast anyway – those legs move like the roadrunner from the old cartoons. Willian speeding away to score his goal maybe raised an eyebrow or two but we know he is quick also and he looks it.
“Eden Hazard at the moment when he turns on the afterburners crushes defenders’ spirits, and that’s before his skills are utilised. To be honest, with his physique it is slightly surprising he is quite so fast but Chelsea fans are aware of it now, especially over those first 10 to 20 yards.
“The surprise of course to some degree is Diego. Once again we know he is quick but with his physique, power, size and walking style come on be honest, you re amazed he is that quick. I know I am.”
Chelsea return to Premier League action this weekend with a home clash against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
The west London side finished 10th and without a trophy last season before Antonio Conte’s appointment as the club’s new boss.