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Hazard: Eto'o pushing me to make a difference

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Eden Hazard might be in slightly less flamboyant form in spring than in winter, but he's still scoring important goals and doing well enough to make pretty much every team of the week going, week in week out. Who's helping to keep that drive up? None other than Samuel Eto'o.

Eto'o tells me every day that I can be one of world's best players. Before every game he tells me I have to make the difference. He tells me: 'You don't leave the stadium without scoring a goal.' After a while you understand that.

A few years ago, football was just football for me. If I didn't score, I didn't care too much, as long as we won the game. Now I want to score in every game and be decisive.

-Source: La Derniere Heure, translation via Sky Sports.

We've seen similar sentiments from Hazard before -- Jose Mourinho was definitely pushing him to take on more responsibility at the beginning of the season -- but this is the first I've heard of Eto'o getting involved. I'm really glad that the Cameroonian is taking on a leadership role in the team, though: Mourinho might call us little horses but there are some world class leaders who know what it takes to make it to the very top of the game. Eto'o doesn't have to mentor our young talent, but it looks like he's doing it anyway.

Oh, and don't worry about Hazard losing his happy-go-lucky nature. He's still pretty goofy:

[The PSG match] will be my first game against Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Or not... I have already beaten him on the Playstation.

Hope you beat him 6-0, Eden!