Steven Gerrard reacts to Eden Hazard’s display in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid

Steven Gerrard lavishes praise on Eden Hazard after Chelsea's 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League

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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard Photo: BT Sport

Steven Gerrard lavished praise on Eden Hazard following his sparkling performance for Chelsea in their 2-1 Champions League win against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

The Belgian playmaker was restored to the starting line-up by Antonio Conte and the 26-year-old was in fine form for the west London side in Spain.

Hazard has been gradually restored to first-team action by Conte this season after having undergone ankle surgery at the start of the summer.

The playmaker is yet to start a game in the Premier League this season but he certainly looks as if he is close to being back at his best after his sparkling display against the Spanish side on Wednesday night.

Atletico took the lead in the first half when Antoine Griezmann converted his penalty after a needless foul by David Luiz in the box.

However, Hazard was involved in Alvaro Morata’s equaliser for Conte’s men as he provided the assist for the Spaniard’s header as the Blues drew level.

Substitute Michy Batshuayi then netted a dramatic late winner for Conte’s men in Spain.

And former Liverpool star Gerrard was very impressed by what he saw from Hazard against Atletico Madrid as Chelsea claimed a famous victory.

Speaking during BT Sport‘s coverage of the game, Gerrard said: “They were brilliant in the first half. These two were the catalysts – Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard.

“Hazard is so direct. When he gets the ball at his feet and runs at you with that pace, he’s unstoppable.

“He was at the heart of everything that Chelsea did well.”

Chelsea now switch their attentions back towards Premier League affairs and their home clash with Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

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