“I used to just be happy he was staying wide” – Rio Ferdinand reveals his nightmares after facing Chelsea’s Eden Hazard


Former Manchester United centre-half Rio Ferdinand is the latest to discuss his experience from playing against Chelsea’s star forward Eden Hazard, admitting the Belgian still gives him nightmares.

At this moment in time, few players in the world are playing better football than Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kevin De Bruyne may be the only rivals as the winger has been outstanding in the English Premier League in recent weeks that can’t be overlooked.

He has looked frighteningly in top shape, scoring goals, terrorizing defenses while creating chances for his teammates.

In his last six games in all competitions, the 26-year-old has scored five times and recorded three assists, including his part in Chelsea’s goal in the 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid, with Hazard’s shot being turned to his own net by Stevan Savic.

Speaking on BT Sport hosted by Gary Lineker, Ferdinand was quizzed if he liked facing the Chelsea star. He responded brilliantly.

“I used to just be happy he was staying wide at that point… under [Jose] Mourinho he stayed very much on the left-hand side so didn’t really come into my area which was a blessing.

“But now we’re seeing him all over the frontline – he’s fantastic to watch and he’s the man that really makes this Chelsea team tick.”

Rio Ferdinand, Football 365

Eden Hazard is becoming increasingly important to any team he plays for. It will hurt Chelsea’s chances of winning major titles if he cannot be retained beyond next summer considering Real Madrid’s persistent interest in him.