Eden Hazard’s 85th-minute winner against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup had Twitter abuzz for the Belgian’s winger was certainly of the top-drawer variety.
Effortlessly dancing past multiple Liverpool players, the Chelsea attacker rifled a shot past a despairing Simon Mignolet to secure a 2-1 win for the Blues in the Third Round of the cup competition.
Words don’t do the goal justice and here’s the video for your viewing pleasure:
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 27, 2018
Gianfranco Zola couldn’t stop gushing about Hazard in the aftermath of the tie, boldly claiming that the Belgian was not only one of the best players in the Premier League, but in the world.
The Italian’s view is largely shared by many footballing fans for on days like these, the diminutive Hazard is simply unplayable.
Even Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp grudgingly admitted that when Hazards’s in full flight, it can be difficult to stop him.
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The Belgian’s begun the season in terrific form, but Blues fans and manager Maurizio Sarri want him to deliver like this on a weekly basis.
While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are largely considered the best two footballers of the current generation by a country mile, no one player has consistently been on the podium along with them.
Hazard definitely has the quality, but he’s competing with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Neymar, Gareth Bale and others for third spot.
Possibly playing in Sarri’s 4-3-3 system, which puts greater stress on recovering the ball higher up the pitch, has revitalised the 27-year-old to unlock another level in his game.
It’s been a fine week for the Belgian as he was named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2018 and he’ll try to cap it off on a perfect note when Liverpool pay Stamford Bridge a visit for a Premier League summit clash on Saturday night.