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What Went Wrong With Hazard?

With the 2014 World Cup now whittled down to the last four as we reach the stage where dreams are realized and hopes are shattered, those who are already on the plane home can reflect on what went wrong.

Before the tournament started I had this gut-feeling that Belgium would be one of those sides that could go all the way. With the amount of talent Marc Wilmots had at his disposal I really could see glory beckoning, but it never quite happened.

Although reaching the last eight is a decent enough performance things didn`t quite click as far as Belgium were concerned, they had all the piece parts but couldn`t get firing on all cylinders.

Amongst the Belgians expected to make a huge impact was our very own Eden Hazard. Tipped by many to be ready to jump into the elite group of footballers labeled as amongst the best in the world, a group that contains the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi; Eden rarely reached the heights expected to warrant inclusion amongst such greats.

In fact I`d hazard a guess that Eden, on the journey home, would be giving a lot of thought as to how his game has gone off the boil, how the simple things that lead to the delightful runs he`s capable now seem so hard to muster.

Sure the heat might have had something to do with it, sure the fact that his reputation meant he was always going to be marked by more than one player, sure he received little protection from the referees when it came to being fouled, but I seriously believed that this World Cup would see Eden became acknowledged as the next great thing.

Perhaps he didn`t get the best of service, perhaps the rub of the green was his, perhaps it just wasn`t meant to be, but was the writing on the wall before he even set off for Brazil?

The reason I ask is that it seems a long time since Eden mesmerized Sunderland and was described by Gus Poyet as unplayable on the night, it seems along time since Eden got anywhere near the pinnacle of personal performance displayed at the Stadium of Light.

Perhaps there are mitigating circumstances. Perhaps the rigours of the Premier League allied with the stream of knocks he received last season have taken their toll.

Perhaps all the talk of Paris St Germain being interested in making Eden their next big-money signing have taken the edge off of his game.

Or perhaps, just perhaps, he`s not really as good as we think he is!

Please prove us wrong Eden and illuminate the Premier League next season, you now you can do it!




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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 7 2014

Time: 10:04AM

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This season would tell us more about it if really he is has good as we think he is...........
DonDhammih
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07/07/2014 10:22:00

Nothing is wrong with him only inability to step up his game when it matters. He must learn to operate within tight spaces as teams 'll target him, mark him out or press him so much to deny him spaces he could operate. The more superstar or influencial he becomes the more space 'll be denied, this happens to Messi, CR7, Neymar or any influencial player. Hence he just need to take responsibility & step up or else remain a step down to the best players all the time.
Jerry Blues
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07/07/2014 10:54:00

Firstly, I think it serves Hazard right for saying that Chelsea's not made to play football. I think he had the illusion that his football is so world standard that he could utter words that put his club's football style to ridicule. Now he sees that to be a great footballer, you have to put in the work and be versatile enough to adapt to whatever style of football you find yourself, be it for club or country. Secondly, I think Hazard should change his style of play. Whenever he gets the ball, he feels he has to do some wizardry. Defenders and midfielders in the EPL and the whole world now know this. Hence his dismal performance in the World Cup. So sometimes a one touch pass would do, especially when there are free team mates. If he's unpredictable about when to dribble, when to hold on to the ball, when to give a defense-splitting pass and when to act like a decoy and drag away hapless unsuspecting defenders away from a team mate who is about to shoot, then Hazard would be on his way to becoming one of the best footballers the game has ever seen. Sorry if it sounds like a charade.
drogbaicon
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07/07/2014 14:05:00

It didn't help that Belgium as a whole were a disjointed lot, with no cohesion whatsoever and Wilmots apart from a few subs in earlier games looked clueless as to how to extract the best out of this talented bunch.
syed230183_chelseafc
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07/07/2014 14:39:00

dey all didnt click 2geda not d fault if hazard. u wil see him next season & b suprise
Oladsomething
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07/07/2014 16:42:00

I honestly think he just needs a good rest and I'm convinced that Oscar needs one even more. They should be told to go on holiday with their phones off for 2 weeks, starting on Sunday next. Yes I know they'll not be ready for the start of the season...............- but I'd rather they were ready to really contribute from September.
analooish
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07/07/2014 20:25:00

Well lets just say Eden had gone on holiday since the season wrapped up. It didn't help that none tried to call him back. Only in the dying minutes did his coach try to use the media but it was a little too late.
kolagold25
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07/07/2014 20:45:00

 

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