Eden Hazard laughed off fresh speculation linking him with Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week as he focuses on adding medals to his collection at Chelsea.
The Belgian was the side’s standout player last season, but he’s struggled to replicate the form he showed in the last campaign in the current one and is under pressure to build momentum quickly.
He started in the side for the 1-0 win away at Sporting Lisbon but simply doesn’t look like his normal self at the moment.
That could be due to any number of things with one of the most obvious reasons the idea that teams are finding ways to keep him quiet and out of the game in big matches across all competitions.
Jose Mourinho has consistently maintained his belief that Hazard is a world class player, capable of producing magic moments at key times in big games.
However, frustration will grow the longer the Belgian goes without a defining performance in a big game this season.
The international break comes after Chelsea host Arsenal this weekend and it could do Hazard some good to spend some time away from club football with the Belgian national side.
The break could allow him to get a little bit of confidence back as he looks to put goals and assists next to the hard work, effort and enthusiasm he always shows when he puts on a Chelsea shirt.
He’s a popular player because he tries hard whenever he plays, but Chelsea need him to start adding an end product on the end of his amazing dribbles if they’re going to win silverware on multiple fronts by the end of the season.
Here’s what Chelsea fans made of his performance against Sporting last night via Twitter with plenty of mixed views on the vital game.
Another game, another poor hazard performance.. #CFC— Mathew Lloyd (@mathewlloyd_) September 30, 2014
Hazard wants to win Champions League! his performance says it all. Giving his best.— CHELSEAFC (@blueschamps) September 30, 2014
Fantastic play from Hazard... Spots Schurrle who misses the target. Poor from the German.— TweetChelseaFC (@TweetChelseaFC) September 30, 2014
Must be so frustrating for Hazard and Fabregas. Costa the only one that can take advantage of their genius, real shame.— Myles (@mmunro91) September 30, 2014
Hazard has not been himself tonight in terms of mentality, normally he's calm and relaxed today he's just been vexed— Glenn... (@TheRealGVB) September 30, 2014
@UTVilla Hazard was great today, but they were so poor defensively that you'd expect him to look good. think he needs to run at teams more— Charlie Sutton (@sutts109) September 30, 2014
beautiful from oscar and hazard, poor finish once again though, this time schurrle— nessa (@nessacfc_) September 30, 2014