Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes that Eden Hazard has the potential to reach the same level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
As reported by The Guardian, the captain of the Citizens, who starred in his side's 3-0 victory over West Brom on Monday night, has suggested that his Belgian compatriot is at such a level that he dictates just how good his team are.
Hazard, of course, featured in the west London outfit's disappointing 2-2 draw with Swansea City on the opening day of the Premier League season, and Kompany believes the Chelsea talisman was the club's only real threat when they went down to 10-men.
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Ahead of this weekend's clash between City and Chelsea, Kompany told Het Nieuwsblad: “You’d almost hope that Eden Hazard would have diarrhoea.
“Now let’s be serious. You can’t underestimate the impact he has on Chelsea. And then you’ll expect he would have a dip in his performance level.
"Last week, against Swansea, he maybe didn’t play his best first half, but when they were reduced to ten, he was the only one who was dangerous. Because he ran past three-four defenders.
“You can have a many tactical plans as you want, if Eden starts running, it is chaos. He’s at a level where he decides how good his team are. [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo are stats animals. If you look at their talent, you can compare Eden to them. But they score a lot. Unbelievable.”
“Could I say he will never reach their scoring levels? I would never bet on that. Eden has made so much progression that last few years that it is possible he reaches their level. It wouldn’t even be a bad performance when he ends up just behind Messi and Ronaldo.”
Huge test for Kompany
There's no doubt about it, Kompany and Co. received all the plaudits as the Sky Blues performed brilliantly at the Hawthorns on Monday night, but the test of Hazard and Chelsea will prove a stern one for Manuel Pellegrini's side.
Kompany, of course, came in for a great deal of criticism at times last season after he failed to produce the good week in, week out, as the Sky Blues failed to really challenge Chelsea for the title.
However, the Belgian international appears to be a rejuvenated figure, but we will see his true credentials on Sunday against Chelsea's talisman.
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