Manchester United legend Gary Neville suggest his former team the way to stop Chelsea start Eden Hazard, who this season is back to top form
The Blues will visit Old Trafford in a crucial clash in their title pursuit tomorrow afternoon and the Belgian is, of course, the major threat for Mourinho‘s side:
“I’m doing three things: I’m pulling my centre back very close to me, I’m pulling my right central midfield player very close to me and I’m pulling my right-sided wide player very close to me,” this is what Neville said speaking to Sky Sports, where he is a pundit now.
“And then I’m asking one of them to have a tackle, then I’m coming in with a tackle and then the centre half’s coming in with a tackle (laughs).
“It’s no different: Eden Hazard vs Gary Neville or Eden Hazard vs Valencia or Eden Hazard vs Rafael or Hazard vs Bellerin – you’re always going to be in trouble if you’re one on one with him four, five or six times in a match.
“However, don’t be embarrassed to think that you need basically, collective grouping up on players when you’re playing against talented players. That’s how you will always deal with a world class player – is by having other players in close proximity to you to crowd him out, to snuff out danger, make him go deeper.
“Run him away the other way and make him go back – sometimes he doesn’t.
“Or, if you’re playing against Manchester City – stop David Silva. Stop David Silva getting on the ball because if he is feeding in passes, if De Bruyne’s feeding in passes…
“So there’s always a way of stopping an opponent. It’s not necessarily always direct and I think that ultimately against Hazard I would be looking at how I can get my teammates around me, grouping up in that area making sure that we’re compact.”