Chelsea star Hazard: Belgium had 'a very good World Cup'

Eden Hazard Dribbling

Eden Hazard does not agree with those who have criticised Belgium's World Cup display.

Eden Hazard was just one of many Premier League players in the Belgium squad for this summers World Cup in Brazil. The attacking midfielder joined his Chelsea team-mates Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois in the side this summer.

Belgium were being tipped by many as potential winners of the competition - but they bowed out at the quarter-final stage after, quite frankly, some underwhelming performances.

Hazard was certainly one of the more disappointing players in the Red Devils side. The Chelsea star was supposed to be the talisman. But his lack of strength and inability to track back was exposed on several occasions - and at times he was made to look a shadow of his obvious ability.

He, along with the rest of the team, returned to Belgium today for a return ceremony and a reception with the Belgian Royal Family.

But he discussed the campaign to the official Chelsea website before doing so, stating:

"We were just lacking a little bit of luck, the early goal was a big blow. I'm very disappointed, but we've still had a very good World Cup - we achieved our original objective, after all.

"We were taught a useful lesson, and it'll be up to us to learn from it. We've got a young, highly talented team. We need to look to the future. We've already done really well to get this far. We need to make our interactions more automatic, and to do so we'll just have to knuckle down in training. I know that we could have done much better, but we need to keep our heads up."

The 'interactions more automatic' part certainly rings true with many a pundit and fan. Hazard and his team-mates were often cumbersome and slow in possession, failing to move the ball quick enough to overcome their skilled and experienced opponents.

Time will tell, but this Belgium side is still very talented, and perhaps the Euros in two years is a better target.

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