Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has today opened up on his work ethic in training with the club, revealing that he doesn’t ‘give everything’ like some of his Blues teammates.
26-year-old Hazard is widely regarded as one of the finest players in world football, with his exploits for Chelsea since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Lille in 2012 having long endeared him to the club’s fans.
His absence for the first two months of the current campaign was deeply felt by Antonio Conte’s men, with the Blues having looked a far more potent threat going forward since the return of their key man.
Hazard’s unavailability early in the season was due to a fractured ankle, picked up in training with Belgium during the summer.
Taking it easy
And, to the worry of Chelsea’s fans following their hard-fought 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, Hazard was, not for the first time of late, spotted limping back to the Blues team bus in the aftermath of the clash.
The 82-time capped Red Devils international has actually been the most fouled player in the Premier League since 2014, with Hazard himself admitting in an interview earlier today that he uses training as ‘a break’, due to the rough treatment he receives during matches:
‘Do I protect my legs in training? Yes, yes, yes! To be fair, in training I don’t give everything.’
‘When we have drills, some people go crazy, but I don’t want to be kicked in training. I try to have a break.’
‘Do I get a lot of bruises? Yes. Sometimes I’m feeling a lot. I get a lot of fouls, a lot on my ankle.’
‘When I’m on the pitch I do receive kicks, but that is part of football and I’m not complaining.’
‘We don’t have many breaks in the season, so I try in training to have more of a rest, and then in the games I give everything.’
(Quotes via the Evening Standard)