Michael Owen makes open admission about Eden Hazard at Chelsea
Michael Owen explains why Eden Hazard is so "deadly" at Chelsea this season
Michael Owen has explained why Eden Hazard is so difficult for players to defend against when he’s in form at Chelsea.
The 26-year-old playmaker has been in top form for Antonio Conte’s men in recent weeks after having recovered from a serious ankle injury over the summer.
Hazard missed Chelsea’s first few games of the season but is now back firing, with the Belgium international having scored five goals and made two assists in 12 Premier League appearances so far this term.
The forward was once again in good form on Tuesday night as he helped the Blues to claim a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge.
And former Liverpool and Manchester United star Owen admits that Hazard is one of the hardest players for opponents to stop when he is on form.
Speaking to BT Sport on Tuesday night, Owen said: “You wouldn’t really associate Hazard with raw speed.
“He’s not someone that’s going to run away from someone in a race.
“But once he stands you up, you’ve literally got no chance.
“He’s at top gear in three strides and everyone else takes six or seven. You’re dead if he stands you up.”
Hazard will be expecting to start for Chelsea when the Blues return to Premier League action on Saturday lunchtime with a trip to West Ham United.
The west London side are currently in third place in the Premier League table as they look to try and defend their title this season.