London: Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has singled out compatriot Eden Hazard as Chelsea’s main attacking threat ahead of today’s Premier League encounter and has joked he would not mind it if the winger were to sit the game out due to illness.
Eden Hazard. Pic/Getty Images
The 24-year-old has developed into one of Chelsea’s undisputed stars since joining them from Lille in 2012 and Kompany believes his fellow Belgium international has the potential to reach the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“You’d almost hope that Eden Hazard would have diarrhoea,” Kompany told Het Nieuwsblad.
‘Hazard is dangerous’
“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. Messi and Ronaldo are stats animals. If you look at their talent, you can compare Eden to them.”
London: Both teams claimed their first point of the Premier League season, but Stoke City were comfortably the happier after fighting back to draw 2-2 at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Eric Dier put Tottenham ahead after 19 minutes and Nacer Chadli added a second on the cusp of half-time before substitutions on both sides turned the game.
Tottenham lost focus after the departure of Harry Kane and Stoke were given new impetus by the introduction of Joselu and, especially, Stephen Ireland.
A foul on Joselu by Toby Alderweireld gave Stoke a way back into the game, Marko Arnautovic converting the penalty, and it was Ireland’s cross that Mame Biram Diouf headed home to level the scores.
Spurs had the first shot at White Hart Lane this term, Christian Eriksen drawing a save from Butland at his near post. —