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Hazard compares the draw in Manchester to last season's 'perfect' win

Shaun Botterill

Eden Hazard sat down after yesterday's draw to talk about the match against Manchester City, and how it compares to the same fixture last season. Here's what he had to say, via Chelsea's website:

‘Last year we played the perfect match. This year [James] Milner defended more on the right-hand side. That made it more difficult for me to attack. Having said that I thought we played well. It’s never easy to play at City. The first half was complicated, we didn’t have much time on the ball.'

‘We defended well though and then we scored another good team goal, which we have been doing a lot this season. We need to continue like that and keep working hard. We stay first in the league, too. Five matches played: four wins and a draw – it’s not a bad start.’

I've got to agree with Hazard here, 13 points out of a possible 15 from the opening five fixtures sounded excellent before the season kicked off, and I'm every bit as satisfied with that point total now. Sure, the manner in which we ended up dropping two points against City is more than a little frustrating, but aside from an awful display against Stoke, they've looked like a team that's going to be tough to topple thus far during the young season.

The young Belgian also had a few thing to say about Chelsea's only goal from the fixture, in which he played a big, big part:

‘It was a nice counter-attack. I played the ball across from the right to Fabregas. Then it went to Iva and then Diego Costa who found me again. I centered it and Andre was in the right place to score.'

‘We have many class players here and you don’t have to explain football to them. We understand each other well on the pitch and the goal showed that.’

It was a pretty one, wasn't it? Hopefully that chemistry Hazard refers to in his comments leads to many more goals of similar quality this season.

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