English Premiership

Hiddink hails 'gifted' Hazard

2016-05-12 10:28
Eden Hazard (AFP)

Cape Town - Chelsea manager was pleased to see Eden Hazard's talent on show during their 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday.

The Belgian attacker continued his late-season form against the Reds, with a mazy dribble and pinpoint shot opening the scoring in the 32nd minute, before Christian Benteke equalised in the second minute of added time.

"It was of course a big disappointment in the last minute, but I can say Chelsea played a perfect game tonight," Hiddink said of the match.

"We were defensively well-organised. Offensively we had the intention to score which we did through the beautiful goal of Eden. We played with a lot of intent and ambition and that's how I like to see us play.

"After that, we had the intention to go for the second but we didn't kill the game off in the second half. We had two or three open chances, but generally I can be very satisfied with the performance of the team, although it was a nice present for them in the last minute."

The 25-year-old former Lille star, who won plenty of plaudits in Chelsea's title-winning 2014/15 campaign, has had a miserable season so far, failing to score in the league until the end of April, but he has now brought his tally up to four and reminded fans of his ability.

"He has had a difficult year. He has had injures, come back, had more injuries, and that made him vulnerable physically," Hiddink added. "The last few weeks he has been working on a programme to get him fully fit. He is steadily getting his shape, and you can see what he is able to do.

"Nature gave him a lot of talent. He is gifted, he is smart, he can win a one-on-one anywhere on the pitch which is very important. He plays with courage.

"He receives a lot of physical contact but nevertheless he goes on. He's fit and fresh, mentally and physically, and it's a pleasure to see those type of players."


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Friday, 22 February 2019
Cardiff City v Watford, Cardiff City Stadium 21:45
West Ham United v Fulham, London Stadium 21:45
Saturday, 23 February 2019
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur, Turf Moor 14:30
Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town, St. James' Park 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 24 February 2019
Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion, Stamford Bridge 14:00
Arsenal v Southampton, Emirates Stadium 16:05
Manchester United v Liverpool, Old Trafford 16:05
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.