Chris Waddle reacts to Eden Hazard’s display in Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Tottenham
Former Spurs midfielder Chris Waddle delivers his verdict on Eden Hazard's display
Chris Waddle questioned Tottenham Hotspur’s defending for Eden Hazard’s goal after the forward came off the bench to inspire Chelsea to win 4-2 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
The Belgian forward was surprisingly omitted from the Chelsea starting line-up at the home of English football as the winger paid the price for last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Manchester United.
Antonio Conte made five changes for the semi-final and the Italian’s decision was justified when Willian broke the deadlock in the first half with a superb free-kick at Wembley.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane levelled the game with a superb header before Chelsea’s Brazil international edged the west London side into a 2-1 lead from the penalty spot.
Dele Alli continued his recent record of scoring against Chelsea before Hazard came off the bench to edge the Premier League leaders into a 3-2 lead at Wembley.
And Spurs legend Waddle questioned Tottenham’s failure to mark Hazard as he secured their place in the final before the Belgian teed up Nemanja Matic for his wonder goal to end the tie as a contest.
“I’m very surprised Tottenham didn’t have a man marking Eden Hazard, because if anyone can finish from 20 yards out it’s him,” Waddle told BBC Sport.
“His shot flew through a crowded box and Hugo Lloris would have been unsighted.
“Nobody, nobody in a white shirt came to close him down once the ball fell to Hazard’s feet. It’s very naive from Tottenham.”
On Matic’s goal, Waddle added: “A bit of magic with the ball from Eden Hazard, doing well to keep it. It came to Nemanja Matic who clearly decided just to give it some rip. And wow… just wow! What a goal, absolutely top drawer.”