Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking about Eden Hazard’s World Cup performances, after the Chelsea star failed to replicate his club form for Belgium.
In an exclusive interview with beIN SPORTS, the Arsenal boss was asked if Hazard played as well as he could in Brazil, and the Frenchman was candid in his response.
“No, he did not play as well as I know he could,” Wenger said.
“In the big games (in the Premier League) he is great but in this tournament when Belgium really needed him he could not really deliver and I believe it’s mental.
“He is still young and the World Cup belongs to people between 25 and 30, you know, and we have seen Messi before going to World Cups and being anonymous.”
At just 23, Hazard has plenty of time to learn how to take his impressive club form onto the international stage.
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In five matches Hazard failed to score a single goal for his country, that despite him netting 17 goals for Chelsea last season.
He did however set up two strikes, while playing 13 key passes in total. But his seven scoring attempts (of which only three were on target) in five matches tells its own story, and Hazard was worryingly anonymous at times for Marc Wilmots' side.
But as the Arsenal boss said, the World Cup is an older player's tournament, and by the time the next one comes round Hazard will be 27 and, hopefully for both Belgium and Chelsea fans, ready to show the world what he can really do.