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Eden Hazard: It's easy to play for Chelsea

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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard claims playing for Jose Mourinho's side is easy, because of the quality of players around him at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium international has probably been the Blues stand-out performer in 2014/15, but he says that his team-mates deserve just as much credit for the impressive level of form he's been able to maintain in the Premier League.

With nine goals and five assists in England's top-flight so far this term, Hazard is likely be in contention for the PFA Player of the Year accolade at the end of season awards ceremony. However, the 24-year-old is just happy to play his part in a team that is hoping to win the domestic title in May.

 

Whilst Hazard has obviously been an integral figure in the Chelsea team, the summer arrival of players like Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, and the contribution of Thibaut Courtois, John Terry and Nemanja Matic have also been instrumental in the club's challenge for top spot this year.

The collective team spirit and desire to achieve success is not lost on the wide-man, who is adamant the style of football that is played by everyone all over the pitch has helped get the best out of him.

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"When you play with the big players you can understand the football and when you play with this kind of player it is easy to anticipate how they can pass the ball," he explained in an interview with Chelsea's official website.

"You just need to find space and you know they can find you, so it's very good to play with them.

"Or me, when I pass the ball, I just have to find some free space because I know my team-mates will make the run. It's easy to play with Chelsea."

It's no surprise that Hazard was rewarded with a new five-and-a-half year contract earlier this month, given how important a role he has played in west London over the past few years.

Mourinho has already talked the former Lille star up as the third best player in the world behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and it's difficult to argue against the Portuguese coach when you assess Hazard's individual statistics in the Premier League this season.

Mutual appreciation

Still, it's always nice to hear a bit of modesty from a player that clearly values the part played by his team-mates, who work diligently alongside the Chelsea man to coax the very best out of him.

Chelsea fans: Do you think Eden Hazard has the potential to rival Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and become the best player in the world? Or has he reached his peak and now it's a case of maintaining that level? Share your thoughts below...

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