Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been singing the praises of star winger Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international was a key figure in the Blues’ 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the London derby at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Hazard opened the scoring in the Premier League clash in the 27th minute. The 23-year-old drew a challenge from Laurent Koscielny inside the Arsenal penalty box after he went marching in, and he himself stepped up to take the spot kick.
The former Lille star made no mistake from 12 yards, and it was his goal that gave Chelsea more impetus to go and win the contest 2-0.
Cesc Fabregas was adjudged the man for the match, but Mourinho pointed out the key role Hazard played against the Gunners.
‘I liked his performance very much’, Chelsea’s official website quotes Mourinho as saying. ‘To be fair in these matches you need one of your top players to take some magic cards out of his pocket and he did it when it was 0-0, when the game was tight.
‘He did an action that could finish the game if it was a penalty and red card, and not a penalty and a yellow card. That would have been game over.
‘On top of that he scored the penalty and he had one or two more opportunities. His defensive work was really good, keeping the ball when we needed it. It was a very complete performance from him.’
Hazard was Chelsea’s best player last season and has been in good form so far this campaign, but he has been overshadowed by Spain international duo Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.
However, the 23-year-old remains a key player for Mourinho and is a match-winner: against Arsenal he showed just that.