Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink singled out Eden Hazard for praise after a 5-1 thrashing of Manchester City in the FA Cup on Sunday. The winger has endured a torrid time this season, but Hiddink believes he is finally returning to form.
The 25-year old was the star of the show at Stamford Bridge on Sunday against a young and inexperience Man City. Hazard grabbed the assists for the first two goals before playing a part in the third and finally scoring the fourth himself with a wonderful free-kick. The goal marked just his second of the season, the first coming in the previous round of the FA Cup against MK Dons.
Hiddink pleased with his star man
The performance on Sunday may be a turning point for Hazard as Hiddink suggests he "came back very strong". The Blues boss told Chelsea TV, "He has had setbacks in recent period caused by injuries and it's not easy to come back from...Bit by bit he got more minutes in the games and now it's rewarded now by his assists and goal."
Hiddink went on to note that the Belgian was under a lot of pressure this season, saying, "Everyone was focusing on him. Of course we protect him, but we also ask what he can do, and he did show what he can do."
Has the Belgian turned the corner?
Hazard has come under fire for this season for his form and an alleged bad attitude but Sunday's performance was something to marvel at as he looked back to his best, albeit against young opposition. Chelsea will need their main man at his best for the remainder of the season as they aim to make a run at the Champions League and FA Cup to salvage what's left of a horrible season.
Chelsea travel to Southampton at the weekend with hopes that Hazard can pick up where he left off last time out and make the difference.