It is not often that a player speaks out on the quality and sheer brilliance of a teammate. However, following his impressive performance in Saturday’s draw against Liverpool, Eden Hazard has been the subject much public admiration from Thibaut Courtois.
Granted the only goal came from second-half substitute William, but most of the attacking play went through Hazard. In fact, every time he had possession, he looked to be threatening with a constant push for forward movement.
We have to remember that the Belgian sensation scored three goals in two previous games against West Bromwich Albion and Qarabag. It seems he is getting back to best, a fact that Courtois is keen to point out.
Speaking to the press, the Chelsea goalkeeper said Eden was brilliant and maybe even the best player in the league. He went on to explain how Eden ran past three or four defenders as if they were training cones. Considering we are talking about Liverpool defenders, players who are at the top of their game, it is a feat even more impressive.
Scheduling is an Issue
Courtois then praised the team for their performance as a whole, considering how little time they had to prepare for the game. Chelsea only arrived back in London on Thursday morning fresh off their midweek Champions League game in Azerbaijan.
Courtois pointed out that last season, the team had more chance to prepare before games. That being said, everyone wants to play in Champions League as it is really the best level of football.
Courtois believes that it was a bit unfortunate that the team had to face Man City after their big match against Atletico. Not to take anything away from City, they are in a great form, but he feels that if they had just one extra day’s rest, they would have been able to play like they did against United and it would have been a completely different match.
Chelsea have played three big games after Champions League matches. If we look at the stats, they have won one game, drew one and lost one, so there is very little to convince the managers that the schedule needs adjusted right now, but it is something to consider for the future.