Pat Nevin sends message to Chelsea star Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard must get used to being man-marked regularly at Chelsea, according to Pat Nevin
Pat Nevin has told Eden Hazard that he must get used to being man-marked on a regular basis for Chelsea.
The Belgian playmaker has been kept in close quarters by the likes of Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye in recent games as opposition teams look to keep him quiet.
And former Chelsea star Nevin feels that the 26-year-old should become accustomed to being man-marked regularly as opponents look to keep him shackled.
Writing in his column for Chelsea’s website, Nevin said: “For Eden Hazard, he is certainly no stranger to this sort of marking, but since Ander Herrera’s much-vaunted performance against our Belgian star at Old Trafford, I have known this is going to become a more common occurrence for him.”
He continued: “Eden will still probably be a little frustrated at times, but he is learning quickly that you just take your marker to where he doesn’t want to be.
“You also ensure he is booked early on if you can, so if you can get fouled at pace if possible at the start, as I mentioned just a few weeks ago, it makes things easier. When the marker is booked he can’t get as close, can’t hold your shirt or block to the same level.
“At the game it was clear that Eden was probably fouled up to 50 times, no exaggeration I promise you, but because he was being held or blocked when the ball was 60 or 70 yards away, the officials (and the TV cameras) never caught it.
“He must constantly tell the referee and crucially the assistant referees to be aware of this. When they are alerted to it, they do sometimes act on it.”
Hazard, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Lille back in 2012, has been one of Chelsea’s top performers in the Premier League this season and has scored 15 goals and made five assists so far in the Premier League this term.
The Belgian will be hoping to help Chelsea win both the Premier League and FA Cup this term under new boss Antonio Conte.
Chelsea host Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Monday night.