Gary Lineker reacts to Eden Hazard’s display in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid

Gary Lineker has his say on Eden Hazard after Chelsea's dramatic 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League

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England legend Gary Lineker Photo: BT Sport

Gary Lineker lavished praise on Eden Hazard after the Belgian produced a fine display to help Chelsea claim a dramatic 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Premier League club were in fine form in the first half but fell behind before half-time when David Luiz’s foul in the box led to Antoine Griezmann netting from the penalty spot.

However, Alvaro Morata continued his fine start to the season when he headed home Hazard’s cross in the 59th minute to equalise for Antonio Conte’s men.

And it was Michy Batshuayi who had the final say, when he came off the bench to net a dramatic stoppage-time winner after brilliant build-up play from the visitors.

Reacting to Hazard’s performance, Lineker said on BT Sport: “He really was superb today.”

Reflecting on Chelsea’s performance as a whole, Lineker continued: “It was a sensational performance from Chelsea, coming back from a goal down…

“It was terrific football [for the winner] and it was finished off emphatically by Michy Batshuayi.

“Disappointment for Diego Costa but joy for Antonio Conte.”

It was a fantastic display from Chelsea in Spain and will give them plenty of confidence as the Blues prepare to take on leaders Manchester City in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

The west London side head into that game knowing that victory over Pep Guardiola’s men would move them level on points with the Citizens after seven games heading into the international break.

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