Top manager compares Eden Hazard to Lionel Messi after Chelsea win

Roberto Martinez was full of praise for Eden Hazard after Chelsea's victory over Arsenal on Saturday...

Roberto Martinez has claimed that Eden Hazard reminds him of Lionel Messi following his sparkling form for Chelsea this season.

The Belgian has been in much improved form this term after struggling to produce consistent performances for the Blues last season.

Hazard was back to his mercurial best on Saturday as his man of the match performance inspired Chelsea to a 3-1 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Martinez has been getting used to working closely with Hazard following his appointment as Belgium’s new manager last year.

And the former Everton boss was full of praise for Hazard following his sparkling display for the Blues against the Gunners at the weekend.

Speaking on Goals on Sunday, Martinez said: “What he does is quite unique.

“It’s that acceleration and stopping and standing still. He reminds me a lot of Messi. Not many players can control the moment and take the defenders where you want to take them.

“The way he uses the ball with his feet is sensational and what is surprising more than anything is his maturity.”

Chelsea are currently flying high at the top of the Premier League table and are nine points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

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The Blues will take on Burnley next weekend as they bid to take a step closer towards winning the Premier League title.

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