Eden Hazard must become the leader of Chelsea to show all his incredible talent, according to Blues ex midfielder Michael Ballack:
“He was struggling a bit last year,” he told Omnisport.
“Players like him, who are, in my eyes, very emotional players, they need a kind of warm environment, a good relationship with everyone – especially the coach – to perform.
“And he has unbelievable talent. I mean, the expectations to handle that and to bring it at the right time on the pitch is the key question for him.
“He’s getting older now as well and it’s not his first season at Chelsea anymore.
So all the fans and the club expect a lot from him and I think he needs to understand he’s one of the key players, if not the key player, of that team.
“He got the captain’s armband for his Belgium team from the [former] coach Marc Wilmots, which shows his attention. He gave him this responsibility to understand.”
“He’s not just a winger to perform some days to show his incredible talent,” Ballack added.
“No, there’s much more about leadership and what he brings to the team because he has this incredible talent.
“But there’s something above that – not just to perform but have this responsibility for the team.
“If I see to the right and to the left I don’t see a player on this team on his level. And he needs to understand that, and then I think he will bring his talent on the pitch and also has this impact to his team-mates.
“Because that’s what I expect from a big player – to have this impact on his team-mates as well, to push them as well, in terms of performing.”