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Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has revealed that he has no plans to instruct one of his players to man-mark Eden Hazard, report the Express.
That could prove to be a naive move, Mauricio…
Hazard is undeniably one of the best footballers on the planet. He is one of very few players in the Premier League who can grab a game by the scruff of the neck and win it almost singlehandedly for his side.
We have seen it time and time again, across two Premier League title winning campaigns. Oftentimes, if you stop Hazard, you stop Chelsea – but Pellegrino has no intention of focusing on keeping Hazard quiet.
Pellegrino is quoted by the Express revealing that there are no plans to man-mark our Belgian genius:
“We don’t do something special when we play against important players. We try to defend him in zones.”
“If you do man to man marking this type of player can move in different places and it will be difficult for us.
However, he did admit that Southampton will have to prevent Hazard getting into the positions where he can be so deadly:
“We have to be really focused and don’t let him receive the ball too much where he is dangerous but the most important thing is to think about us first of all.”
Hazard will likely be fielded down the middle once again against Southampton with Alvaro Morata returning to fitness.