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Poyet: "We needed another football"

Paul Thomas

It's been an Eden Hazard love-fest in these parts since yesterday's outstanding performance at the Stadium of Light. After notching two spectacular goals, providing the assist on Frank Lampard's equaliser and generally terrorising anyone who tried to take the ball off him all night, it's only right that Chelsea supporters take the opportunity to praise Hazard for his best performance with the club.

It's slightly unusual, however, to hear the opposition manager speak of one of our own so highly, especially when the Blues came away with a win. Which is what Gus Poyet did:

Hazard was unplayable. I don't remember a player performing at this level against me as a manager. We tried everything. We needed another football.


Double teams. Triple teams. Dark and powerful magics unleashed at halftime (unless you want to give me another explanation for both John O'Shea and Phil Bardsley scoring). None of it worked. Sunderland's defence didn't even play particularly badly, either; they were just torn apart by a world-class performance.

This is the Hazard we've been waiting to see. If this form keeps up... watch out, world.

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