The Eden Hazard effect lasted long after the match was over in the Brighton dressing room.
This piece of evidence comes from Brighton and Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun himself, after the Belgian captain left the Falmer stadium with a goal and an assist to secure three points for Chelsea.
“He’s unbelievable,” Balogun exclusively told Standard Sport when asked about Hazard. “We just spoke about it in the dressing room. He’s as quick with the ball as he is without it. His control is magnificent, so it’s very hard to…you cannot control him, really. It’s hard.”
“You can get the ball off him if he makes a mistake. Most of the time it’s about delaying him – I think we did very well [with that].”
“He assisted one, but even that, it was a bit lucky because he shoots, the ball gets blocked, it comes back to his feet, then he has a little bit of an advantage, but then obviously he knows what to do with it,” Balogun said. “He’s a world-class player.”
Hazard was deployed in a false nine role for the second league match in a row by Sarri; a move which seems to be paying off for the Belgian who now leads the assists rankings in England.