Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany wary of Chelsea's Eden Hazard ahead of Premier League tie
Belgian defender Vincent Kompany feels Manchester City needs to be wary of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. He even jokingly said that he would prefer to have Hazard out of the match due to an illness, rather than facing him.
"You’d almost hope that Eden Hazard would have diarrhea," the 29-year old jokingly according to the Evening Standard.
"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 10, he was the only one who was dangerous. Because he ran past three, four defenders.
"You can have as 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.”
Kompany: Hazard on par with Messi and Ronaldo in talent
Kompany went on to describe the prowess of his fellow Belgian international by comparing him to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kompany’s claims are not just hollow admiration as Hazard has had a significant impact at Chelsea since his move from Lille to Stamford Bridge in 2012.
The Belgian winger has one of the best statistics in Europe for conversion of penalty, while being on par with Messi in terms of successful one-on-ones.
The only place he lacks in comparison to Messi and Ronaldo are in terms of goals. He only scored 14 goals last season in 38 Premier League matches, while Messi scored 43 goals which was five less than Ronaldo's 48 goals.
"Messi and Ronaldo are stats animals. If you look at their talent, you can compare Eden to them. But they score a lot. Unbelievable. But Eden has made so much progression the 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."
After losing the Community Shield to Arsenal, which also marked Mourinho's first loss to Arsene Wenger, and the shocking 2-2 draw with Swansea on opening day, The current Champions can not afford to lose the match against City if they are hoping to make a convincing run for the title again.
Mourinho who is still receiving criticism for his behavior towards Chelsea medical staff will have to prepare his to for the match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.