Eden Hazard has warned Chelsea they must be wary of Tottenham’s two Belgains, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertoghen, or risk losing at White Hart Lane this weekend.
Chelsea travel to Tottenham on Saturday in the hope of keeping their winning start to the Premier League season going against a Spurs side managed by former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas.
All three Belgium internationals have made a positive start to life with their new clubs, and are expected to start on Saturday.
Both Vertonghen and Dembele started for Belgium in their mid-week win over Serbia while Hazard was on the bench, and came on in place of Dembele.
The Chelsea man was full of praise for his two opponents on Saturday, and described Dembele as ‘one of the best players in the league’.
“Dembele is a big player, I think he is one of the best players in the league at this time and it is difficult to defend against him,' he told Chelsea's official site. 'He has great pace and good technique, and is very effective in the centre of the pitch.
'I follow all the Belgian players in the premier league, and now he is at a bigger club with better players it will be good for him.
'Normally Vertonghen is a central defender and not a left-back but he can play both, he is very good technically and likes to bring the ball forward out of defence. He normally plays as a left-back for the national team.'
The Chelsea attacker also joked that when replacing Dembele mid-way through the win over Serbia because of an injury the Spurs player had picked up, he hoped his countryman wouldn’t make it on to the pitch on Saturday.
'I talked a bit with those two players about the game, and as Dembele came off injured when I replaced him, I told him I hoped that he would still be injured at the weekend,' he said.
The 21-year-old added: 'But really I hope he can play, that it will be a good game and that the best team can win.
'We always talk a little bit among us as international players, and I spoke to some of them about the Premier League before I came to Chelsea. I knew it was a big competition but now I am here I can see it with my own eyes and I am very happy in England.'