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Chelsea duo Michy Batshuayi and Eden Hazard faced a disappointing relegation to UEFA Nations League‘s League B after suffering a massive comeback from Switzerland in the last game of Group 2.

Eden Hazard‘s brother gave a double lead to Red Devils in the first half, before goals from AC Milan’s Ricardo Rodriguez, Nico Elvedi and a hat-trick from Haris Seferovic completed the turnaround with 5′ left to be played.

Switzerland win means that Belgium failed to get the promotion to this summer’s final stage of UEFA Nations League, level on points with their recent opponents. Eden Hazard played the whole clash, while Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi came off the bench later in the second half.

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Spain suffered an away defeat in a dramatic clash against Croatia. A late goal from Tim Jedvaj, who had scored earlier in the second half before Sergio Ramos made 2-2 through a penalty, means both Croatia and England have a chance to go through the final stage.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata came off the bench with 25 left to be played, while Kepa and Azpilicueta were unused subs as well as Blues’ midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

Meanwhile, Valencia star and Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi scored a brace in Belgium’s home win against Iceland. The Red Devils are currently leading the table with 9 points from 3 games and will face Switzerland on Sunday to defend their 1st place. Hazard was handed the captain’s armband.

Maurizio Sarri saw Ruben Loftus-Cheek involved in the second half of a 3-0 friendly win over USA, while Ross Barkley was an unused sub. Defender Antonio Rudiger featured for Germany in their home win against  Russia.

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Two Chelsea players, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard have been included in the short-list of 55 men who will compete to get their spot in the FIFA FIFPro World11 2018.

The team of last season’s 11 best players will be announced in London on Monday 24 September.

N’Golo Kante won the World Cup with France while Eden Hazard ended the competition in third place with Belgium. Both players lifted the Fa Cup in May when the Blues defeated Manchester United at Wembley with Hazard scoring the winning goal.

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Liverpool full-back  Andrew Robertson has praised Chelsea star Eden Hazard as ‘special’ ahead of facing him for three times this month.

In fact the 24-year-old, who has been named captain of the Scotland national team, will face Belgium tomorrow in a friendly game, Chelsea then play Liverpool in both the Carabao Cup and the Premier League in the upcoming weeks.

“He is probably in the top five [players in the world] at the minute. I have come up against him many times so I know what threat he can have,” Robertson told Sky Sports.

“Even if he is having a quiet game, he can pop up at any point and turn a game. That is what we are up against.

“He is special. The way he turns and gets at players and commits two or three defenders, there’s not many that have that.

“He has been unbelievable for Chelsea and Belgium and it is somebody that we need to watch.

“The problem with Belgium is, you can’t focus on just Hazard because somebody else pops up. We have to be aware of all of their threats.

“We will be ready for them and do our best to stop them but we must cause them problems going the other way as well.”

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Maurizio Sarri has praised also Chelsea star Eden Hazard in his first press conference since being appointed as the new Blues’ manager.

The Italian has admitted he hopes he can “improve him too” at Stamford Bridge despite several reports from Spain believes both Hazard and Thibaut Courtois will be heading to Real Madrid in the next few weeks.

However, Sarri said: “I was not talking about having fun in a press conference, but on the pitch and during the week and want to win matches.

Hazard is a high level player and I think he is one of the top two or three European players. I would like to have fun during the week with him, this would mean good results and being competitive at the end of the season”.

“I hope I will manage to improve him, this is very difficult as he is at a high level”.

Also winger Dries Mertens became crucial in Napoli’s front three as he was transformed into a centre- forward at the age of 30. He managed to score 68 goals from 170 games with the Azzurri.

Sarri added: “With Mertens it is different. Dries had been an external striker, everybody thought by necessity he became a high level player. They are two top players, I hope I will improve Hazard too, but this will be very difficult”.

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Belgian star Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove Award of Russia 2018. The Chelsea goalkeeper conceded 6 goals from 7 games.

He told journalists after the game against England: “Wherever I go, Hazard must come along. We will not let each other go. We’ll see. Now first vacation. And agree with my entourage in between. Now I’m going to talk to my manager to see what the possibilities are.

“All options are open to me. Also stay at Chelsea, yes. People always complain that players do not comply with their contracts, but maybe I will.

“I do not think they will keep someone with my qualities on the bench, even if I do not sign. But maybe that’s possible because I like being in London.”

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Also Thibaut Courtois spoke following Belgium’s 2-0 win to England in their last game at World Cup 2018.

The goalkeeper, when asked if a departure from Chelsea is likely, told Het Laatste Nieuws: “Now I’m going to talk to my agent to see what the possibilities are. All options are open for me. I may also stay at Chelsea,”

“People always complain that players don’t comply with their contracts, but maybe they do.

“I don’t think they will keep someone with my qualities on the bench, even if I don’t sign [a new contract]. But maybe [staying] is possible, because I like it in London.”

Eden Hazard has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, where Courtois’ children still live.

He added: “Wherever I go, Hazard must come along, we will not let each other go. We’ll see.”

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STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Eden Hazard of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Bet365 Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has revealed he could consider to leave the club this summer as Real Madrid are plotting a club-record £200m move to land the Belgium international to Santiago Bernabeu.

He has told Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur: “After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different. 

“Certainly after this World Cup. I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision – if they want to let me go. You know my preferred destination.”

 “We all know that I have always felt good at Chelsea, so…. I have been linked with all the big clubs in the past. Barcelona? Next week it will be Bayern. No I’m joking. You all know what my preferred destination is”.

It is understood Chelsea are closing in on a £35m move for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, with also Aleksandr Gloving interested in a move to Stamford Bridge under newly-appointed manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Italian man, who put the pen to paper on a deal with the Blues on Friday, is expected to have provided a full list of targets as the summer transfer window close for Premier League clubs at 5pm on Thursday August 9.

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard finishes is Russia 2018 World Cup on a high note: Hazard himself scored the second goal in Belgium’s win over England in the final for the third place of the competition.

Belgium won 2-0, scoring the first goal on the first half with PSGMeunier then Hazard scored in the second half.

Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gained his third Russia 2018 World Cup’s clean sheet.

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Former Chelsea boss José Mourinho slams Belgium players for letting his ex star Eden Hazard in the World Cup in Russia:

“I think the Belgium players go home with a bad feeling, a feeling that ‘we could do more and better’ a feeling that probably Hazard out of it because he tried absolutely everything, but many other players kept hiding,” Mourinho told RT.

“They are much better than that, for big occasions, big players were not there in the big occasion.

“The majority of the players were not themselves, in big matches you have to be yourself or a bit better. The big match can make you a bit better, that extra adrenaline, that extra feeling of ‘how big I am’ can only make you better.

“If the big occasion makes you worse than you are then you regret and I think the majority of the Belgium players are having this feeling.”


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