Chelsea take on PSG in the Second Leg of Champions League round of 16 tie tomorrow at Stamford Bridge, and if there is one player who will have a huge say in the eventual outcome of the game is Eden Hazard.
Chelsea trail PSG 2-1 from the first leg and would need a strong performance to overturn the deficit. Hazard will be one of the players entrusted to do well on the night and see his team qualify for the quarter finals of the competition.
The Belgian has suffered a lot of criticisms for a poor start to his 2015/16 season as he has only scored 2 goals after bagging PFA awards last season. No one is quite sure of the exact reason why Hazard would go through such a horror run of form. However, recent signs have suggested towards The Belgian returning to his old self.
Hazard was influential against Stoke (58 touches, 88% PA, 2 Dribbles, 2 Key Passes) and looked much like the player he was last season. While people might turn back and look for his assist or a goal in that game, but Hazard’s performance was much more than just numbers and assists.
Hazard’s heat map vs Stoke
Hazard looked hungry for the ball, and his ability to take on defenders seemed to have magically returned. His dribbles looked dangerous and everytime he collected the ball, there was a growing sense of anticipation among the Stamford Bridge crowd.
These very things have been missing ever since the season had started, but it all could have come back at the right time for Chelsea, as they enter a crucial phase in their season. They take on PSG tomorrow followed by an FA Cup quarter final clash against Everton later this weekend.
These two competitions are Chelsea’s only hopes of ending the season on a strong note. Blues have very little chance of finishing in top 4 this season, thus qualifying for the next round in Champions League and FA Cup are vital.
All this season, Hazard looked liked a player who cannot be trusted by Chelsea, but with strong displays in last 3 games under Guus Hiddink, The Belgian could once again be the most important player for the club in coming weeks.
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