Matthew Le Tissier has praised Eden Hazard over his penalty taking technique.
Pundit Matthew Le Tissier has praised Eden Hazard after his successful penalty conversion against Liverpool on the Sky Sports website.
The former Southampton man, who himself converted 47 out of 48 penalties in his career, says that it takes “a lot of bottle” to be able to take spot-kicks the way that the Belgian does.
"It is a very cool technique," Le Tissier told Sky Sports News HQ.
"You need to be a very confident boy to do this and Eden Hazard is certainly that. He basically stands and waits for the goalkeeper to move.
“It is a really clever way of doing things. He is just so confident as he steps up, he watches the goalkeeper as he is striking the ball and does not watch the ball at all,” he added.
However, the former forward has admitted that the technique is a risky one that can sometimes go terribly wrong. Hazard found that out himself earlier in the season when he saw his penalty saved by Maribor 'keeper Jasmin Handanovic.
Before that the Belgian winger had found the back of the net with 18 penalties in a row since 2010-11 and it seems the 24-year-old has a technique that is extremely difficult for goalkeepers to read, although it is possible, as the save in Slovenia showed.
"The goalkeeper just stood a long time and did not make his move and as Hazard goes to strike it, the 'keeper still had not made his move yet," Le Tissier explained.
"And that is the only way that you can put a bit of doubt in your mind, because you are waiting for the goalkeeper to move and all of a sudden he does not move and you have a split second to choose which way to go.”