A lot is expected from Eden Hazard at this World Cup, hype he added to himself before the tournament by saying he compares himself to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Those high standards mean he takes a very critical view of his performances so far, more than any pundit.
Against Russia on Sunday he failed to make an impact for much of the game, until waltzing through the previously resolute defence in the 88th minute, to set up Divock Origi for the winning goal.
Speaking about his performance, Hazard frankly stated, as reported by HLN: "Two out of ten for the first 80 minutes, nine out of ten for the final phase.
"If I had not given that assist I would certainly be criticised and that is normal. Hopefully the audience will see a better Eden Hazard.
"I know I can do better. Personally, I want to play well Thursday against South Korea. though I'm maybe wait another day to say, the coach wants to see how I recover."
Hazard is yet to find the net himself, but compares strongly in other areas in comparison to all his fellow attacking midfielders in the Belgian squad.
|Team||Pos||Assists||Key Passes||Won Dribbles||Successful Final Third Passes||Apps||Mins|
|Kevin De Bruyne||Belgium||MF||1||5||2||24||2||180|
Hazard, subject of speculation last month regarding £70 million interest from PSG, comes out on top in terms of assists, dribbles, key passes, and passes in the final third.
If this is including 80 minutes of '2/10' play from the playmaker, it makes you wonder just how threatening he will be when he hits top form.