Eden Hazard received lots of accolades due to his impressive performance against The Reds.
Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink also praised the “terrific” Hazard after his superb show in the 1-1 draw at Liverpool. The Belgian’s stunning solo effort put Chelsea ahead after 32 minutes, before Christian Benteke’s injury-time equalizer denied The Blues all three points. Hiddink says Hazard has improved his physical fitness in recent weeks, and said the midfielder has suffered with a stop-start season.
Hiddink told Sky Sports:
“He was terrific. He’s already some weeks growing also in his physically fitness, which is important for him and nature gives him a lot of skill.
“It’s a matter of being fit and fresh for him, and he’s showing that already in the last few weeks.
“Last year he had a beautiful year, and this year he had to suffer a lot regarding his injury, being back and then getting injured again, and that’s why we made a special programme for him.”
Hiddink says his team should have been home and dry in the second half, with Simon Mignolet denying his side on numerous occasions despite the consistent attacks from the Blues’ strikers.
“I think the team reacted very well. We played the game for the win, we got 1-0 up and got an unlucky present in the last minute.
“The team attitude was normal and we played very well against an opponent that was very strong.
The manager also expressed his disappointment on not getting all three points., especially as the league comes to a close. He said:
“Of course I’m disappointed not to have the three points and we should have killed it off but I am satisfied with the way we acted.
“They love to play football, which they showed, they were ambitious, but I think we should have killed it off a little bit earlier.”