Despite scoring four goals in four international games for Belgium this season, 2015 PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard has not yet hit the net in his first 20 appearances for Chelsea.
It is not just his attacking play which has been below par. Hazard was dropped by Jose Mourinho for a Premier League game against Aston Villa last month because the Chelsea manager accused him of not working hard enough defensively, according to Sky Sports.
Hazard’s alleged lazy attitude towards defending was evident on Tuesday night during Chelsea’s Champions League game with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
His side won 4-0 and kept a clean sheet, but Hazard was far from the star of the show.
The 24-year-old was subbed off on 68 minutes, after making zero tackles.
He also drew criticism from BT Sport commentator Trevor Francis for failing to track his man, allowing Maccabi right-back Eli Dasa to race in behind Chelsea and test goalkeeper Asmir Begovic – as seen in the video above.
Hazard’s major defensive lapse occurred in the 50th minute of the game, when Chelsea were just 1-0 up.
Gary Cahill had prodded the Blues into their narrow lead, which became slightly more convincing just before half time when Maccabi centre-back Tal Ben Haim was sent off for kicking Diego Costa.
Willian, Oscar and Kurt Zouma added second-half goals after Hazard had left the pitch.
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