Thursday 14 December 2017

Hazard and Matic key for Chelsea says former Blues star Mario Melchiot

Nemanja Matic believes Chelsea must regain control of their season at Atletico Madrid on Tuesday

Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic are the two players who make things tick for Premier League leaders Chelsea, according to former Stamford Bridge defender Mario Melchiot.

The ex-Dutch international right back returned to his old hunting ground on Saturday to watch the Londoners go seven points clear at the top of the table with a 2-1 victory over Stoke City.

Hazard (right) opened the scoring for Jose Mourinho's men with a first-half penalty and the Belgium playmaker also laid on the winner for Loic Remy in the second period.

"I am a big fan of Hazard," Melchiot said.

"Whenever I watch Chelsea play I always feel when he gets on the ball they really start clicking.

"If you look at the way Mourinho has always played with his teams, he always has one star," added the dread-locked Dutchman in reference to the former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto manager.

"If you go back through his history he creates a star and that man is always very, very important and Hazard at this point is the guy he has picked."

Melchiot says Hazard is Chelsea's most creative influence but the collective strength of the team is underpinned by the power of 6 foot 4 inch Serbian international Matic in the holding midfielder's role.

"Cesc Fabregas is one of the architects in the middle but at this point the player who is really important in midfield is Matic," explained the 38-year-old Dutchman, who won 22 caps for his country.



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