Former Chelsea player and trainer Ruud Gullit is convinced that Eden Hazard should work less in defensive areas of the pitch in order to rediscover his best form.
In his opinion, the Belgium player should conserve his energy on the final third of the pitch just like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi do.
Gullit said on the BBC’s ‘Match of the Day 2:
“He worked too hard [against Spurs]”
” I want him to be sharp in front of goal. He kicks the ball, head’s down, head’s down, he still has to run forward.”
“This is a sign of a player like: ‘Oh my God. I have to run again.’ All players know that, when you put your head down like that.”
“He is as important as Ronaldo is for Real Madrid. He is as important as Messi is for Barcelona. Do they chase back as much? No, because they need to save their energy for the right moment.”
“He did it to prove a point but to get the best out of him, I don’t want him to chase that much. I want him to concentrate on the moments that the team gets the ball. ”
“They have to give him the ball as quick as possible and then he does his thing. When that is coming back, he’s going to get goals again.”