Chelsea midfielder a marked man

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has admitted he is finding his second season in the Premier League to be tougher than the last, with defenders paying him closer attention.

Signed from French side Lille in the summer of 2012 for a fee of £32m, Hazard enjoyed a fantastic debut season in England, lighting up Stamford Bridge with nine goals and 11 assists amongst some incredible performances.

But having endured a slower start to this campaign, the Belgian has conceded that he is a marked man in the Premier League this season.

He told Chelsea's official website: "It's difficult for me. I need to change something on the pitch, and understand the situation each game.

"Against three defenders it is different than against one, and obviously more difficult. I need to play more simply, but also more quickly.

"It's so great to play with Juan (Mata), with Oscar and with Andre (Schurrle). We have to work together to make playing together easier. When we do that we always make chances and score goals."

The 22-year-old playmaker returns to domestic action this weekend, having helped an impressive looking Belgium side secure their place at the World Cup finals in Brazil next year.

The Belgians romped to the top spot in Group A by a margin of nine points from second-placed Croatia, winning eight and drawing two of their qualifying matches.

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