At one point, it looked as though Hazard would be in for some criticism back home as early on he struggled to cope with the doubling up tactics Algeria used to keep him quiet.
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However, when it matter in the second-half as Belgium counter attacked, he made the right decision at a vital time to setup Dries Mertens for a vital winner following Marouane Fellaini’s equaliser.
It’s a tribute to the way Jose Mourinho and Marc Wilmots have helped the left sided attacker progress to a point where he can produce one world class pass, which makes the difference in an otherwise underwhelming performance.
Mourinho in particular has always stressed that Hazard can become the best player in the world because he makes the right decisions at the right times.
Hazard’s season last year for Chelsea was superb and it’s important for the Blues that he’s shown he can be effective in the face of some literally aggressive tactics from the opposition.
Patience is going to be key for Chelsea next season because despite the impressive side they are likely to boast, sides will find ways to park the bus and shut them down throughout a game.
Hazard could have wasted a great deal of energy in the first-half against Algeria in the muggy and humid conditions which have turned out to be synonymous with the tournament in Brazil.
However, he judged things perfectly, which allowed him to take advantage of a tired Algerian defence to sprint forward before angling that pass to Mertens when the Hazard of the past may have decided to go for glory.