Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is set to taste World Cup football for the first time as Belgium take on Algeria on Monday.
The Belgian’s are in the midst of a golden generation, and expectations back in the small European nation have been increasing in recent years following the influx of Belgian stars plying their trade for Europe’s top clubs.
One player in particular who has grown to become renowned worldwide is Chelsea star Eden Hazard following a fabulous campaign for the Blues.
In 32 Premier League starts, the 23-year-old notched 14 goals and added a further seven assists. His form drew comparisons to Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Stamford Bridge outfit know they have a real player on their hands.
Belgium boss Marc Wilmots also knows of the former Lille winger’s potential, yet on the eve of the Group H clash against Algeria, he was keen to relieve the pressure off of his star player.
“We shouldn’t pressure him too much. He has all the potential to have a great tournament, but this isn’t the World Cup of Eden Hazard. He alone can’t do it all, it’s a collective game.” Wilmots said, quoted by the Spanish newspaper AS.
Eden Hazard has been linked with a move away from Chelsea over the past few months, with French champions Paris Saint-Germain big admirers.
Nevertheless, the Belgian playmaker remains a big part of Jose Mourinho’s plans in West London, and the potential on-field relationship with new signing Cesc Fabregas will certainly excite the Chelsea fans ahead of next season.