Monday , July 26 2021

Belgium: Roberto Martinez praised Eden Hazard's leadership

The Belgian star leadership was praised by his national team boss, who said Chelsea had never been affected by high pressure moments

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez praised Eden Hazard's leadership qualities, saying the star striker faced tremendous pressure.

Hazard has enjoyed a star season for Chelsea and almost helped Belgium reach the League of Nations final.

Martinez said the 27-year-old was leading by example when he praised the impact of Hazard on the national team.

"He is a very good leader," he said at a press conference.

"There are many different types of leaders but I think what Eden Hazard brings is someone who can be influenced by you and who is a great source for young players and who has become someone who can never be affected by game pressure or pressure.

"And he enjoys his football and is always decisive for his play and role model for all of us."

Belgium meet Iceland and Switzerland in the National League this month because they want to reach the top of Group 2.

Midfielder Axel Witsel, who is set to win the 100th Belgian cap, also praised Hazard, saying: "Off the pitch, Eden hasn't changed.

"He is still very cool and has never been bothered. He has never been stressed, even if it was an important match during the World Cup.

"Since he started his career, he has done extraordinary things until now."

Hazard and Belgium lead the Nations League A Group 2, the level on points with Switzerland, even though Belgium has played a few more matches.

They face Iceland on Thursday with the opportunity to take over the group but will face Switzerland on Sunday in the group stage.

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Hazard scored in a 3-0 win over Iceland in September, with Romelu Lukaku scoring four goals in two Belgian matches so far.

The Chelsea player is also in good form in the league, collecting seven goals as the Blues remain unbeaten through 12 matches and sit third in the league behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

And while the Belgian star has been the subject of constant transfer talk, he stressed on Wednesday that he would think about his future after finishing this season with the London club.

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