Chelsea face a difficult trip to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League, which will present Manchester United fans with a chance to watch Nani in action against the Premier League leaders.
The stats from Sporting’s first Champions League game against Maribor certainly suggest that he’ll be a key feature in the team against Chelsea and he has the edge over Eden Hazard in several areas after matchday one.
Nani had more efforts on goal than Hazard s the Champions League got under way and he also put in more crosses as he looked to create opportunities for his teammates to score.
That suggests he’s looking for different ways of how he can be effective during games and how he can have a crucial impact.
The only area where the Chelsea man is ahead based on these head-to-head stats from the first week is in terms of duels.
Hazard is one of the best dribblers in the Premier League and he has a good core strength which allows him to outmuscle opponents and keep them from pushing him off of the ball.
There’s not much difference in terms of passing so it looks likely to come down to individual areas in terms of how they will each play this evening.
Fingers crossed for Chelsea fans that Hazard can rediscover some of the form he showed so consistently last season.