Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has defended Eden Hazard from the criticism over his rather lacklustre goal-scoring record this season.
The Belgian international winger has been instrumental in the Blues’ superb start to the season, and has combined with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa to devastating effect.
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Premier League observers, however, have questioned the former Lille winger's efficiency in front of goal and his latest penalty miss in the Champions League hasn’t helped his cause.
In 10 Premier League games this season, Hazard has found the net three times with only one of those not coming from the penalty spot.
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, his contribution elsewhere can’t be faulted. He averages 1.9 key passes per game, a whopping 5.4 successful dribbles plus an impressive 4.5 ball recoveries.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website ahead of the Blues clash at Liverpool, Mourinho defended the 23-year-old’s scoring ability and reiterated his delight at Hazard's contribution to the team in other areas.
“There are different one-on-ones,” he explained. “There are the ones when players are completely fresh because someone else has created it and you are just there waiting for the chance to be face-to-face with the keeper.
"You have many players in football like this, waiting for the sweet in front of his mouth and he just has to eat the sweet.
‘When Eden Hazard is in front of the keeper, look what he does to be there. He beats one player, he beats two, he beats three. He dribbles, he comes back, he goes right then to middle, he gives the ball and looks for it back.
“What he does is fantastic and being face to face with the keeper after a fantastic action is not the same. He is doing very well and the last game against Maribor was absolutely amazing. Eden is a humble kid and he is working a lot for the team and what he is doing for us is very good.”