Chelsea and Manchester City are rivals in the Premier League and so are their players, but when it comes to the World Cup, players in their respective countries are united.
That is the case with Kevin De Bruyne, who has a piece of advice for Hazard ahead of the summer tournament. The Chelsea forward suffered an injury to his thigh in their last friendly game before the World Cup, against Costa Rica after was targeted by some of his opponents.
With better competition coming up in the World Cup and opponents ready to do anything for a win, De Bruyne tells Hazard to brace himself for more.
While advising Hazard the Man City star insists Belgium will benefit from the constant fouling on Hazard, saying they will get ‘free kicks’ and opponents will receive ‘yellow cards’.
You need to calculate what’s coming. You (have to) try to stay calm as much as possible. Sometimes that isn’t easy but you just try. ‘It’s just the way it goes. If you’re good then people try to kick you.
Eden’s in a position where a lot of people are around him and you get kicked. Even if he gets kicked we get a free-kick, an advantage, they get a yellow, it’s positive.
Kevin De Bruyne, Daily Mail
Both players will be Roberto Martinez’s stars at the World Cup this summer and would hope for a better tournament than they have enjoyed in the last few years. The Golden generation of the Red devils boast top players from across Europe, but no trophies to show for their quality in depth.