Manchester United legend Gary Neville has insisted that he doesn't have sympathy for Chelsea forward Eden Hazard.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, as reported by Goal.com, Neville claims he expects more from the Belgium international, who has struggled to prove his credentials in the early stages of the campaign.
After an inconsistent opening period, Hazard was left on the bench during the Blues' 2-0 Premier League victory over lowly Aston Villa this past weekend.
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And Neville believes Hazard, who has previously been likened to the duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, must turn his season around sooner rather than later.
"I've got no sympathy for Hazard," he said on Sky Sports. "I expect more of him. The level he got to last season, you started to see a great player.
Messi and Ronaldo comparison
"Hazard, there was talk last season of him getting into that bracket of Messi and Ronaldo. Of course they [players] have off periods but even in the off periods they still contribute, they score goals.
"You saw Ronaldo breaking the record [becoming Real Madrid's leading goalscorer in history] at the weekend, and what Messi's done.
"Hazard's got to pull himself out of it. I've got no sympathy for the very top players with the best talent, the best skill, they really have got everything at their feet.
"I'd expect them not just to go and be [PFA Players'] Player of the Year this year, I'd expect them to take it forward and get confidence from that and go and score 30 goals next season, be the best player in the league again, and dominate and dominate.
"He hasn't done that at the start of this season and he needs to pull himself out of it. Every player goes through a tough patch but he's got to do it quickly because that's what the best players do, they come out of these patches very quickly."
Perhaps, then, Hazard will see tonight's Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev as a potential turning point in his season.
The B24-year-old will be desperate for a recall to the starting XI and there's no reason why he won't be able to excel in Ukraine.
It hasn't helped Hazard that Chelsea have struggled throughout the course of the campaign so far, but he must now step up in pursuit of his side gaining some momentum over the coming weeks and months. An inspired performance tonight could kick-start his and his team's season.
Chelsea are by no means a lost cause and you wouldn't put it past them to go on a run sooner rather than later. They must build on Saturday's victory with a second consecutive victory this evening.
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