Two of the best wingers in world football were comparable in the Champions League on Tuesday night when Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben took to the pitch.
Hazard played during his side's 1-0 victory against Sporting Lisbon whilst Robben was also on the winning side as Bayern scraped past CSKA Moscow by the same scoreline.
It was a good opportunity to view how effective the two players are on the elite stage against opposition that their teams were heavy favourites against.
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What was noticeable was the ability of Hazard whilst dribbling. The Chelsea man is the most frequent player to run with the ball in the Premier League, but for him to come out on top in this area against Robben is some achievement.
The Dutchman often has tunnel vision when in possession and rarely releases the ball to teammates, such is his love for taking on defenders, but Hazard managed more dribbles and was more successful than his more experienced counterpart against Sporting.
It shows how comfortable Hazard is in possession and also suggests that Pep Guardiola is working on moulding this part of Robben's game.
Although the experienced forward is unlikely to change drastically at this point in his career, his passing accuracy and frequency show that he is willing to adapt to his team's system.
Guardiola is famed for his passing approach to football and Robben has certainly bought into this ethos.
That said, some of his self-centredness in reflected in the shots column. Whilst Hazard disappointingly did not have a go at scoring himself, Robben had four strikes as he looked to steal the headlines.
It wasn't to be, though, and the stats suggest that the European dribble-king title, which Robben has had for so long, may be heading to Stamford Bridge in the near future.