Ahead of the big clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, August 16, Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has told his teammates to be wary of his country man and Chelsea star, Eden Hazard.
Kompany said this in an interview with Nieuwsblad as he teasingly wished he (Hazard) could miss the game due to illness.
He said: “You’d almost hope that Eden Hazard would have diarrhoea.”
Kompany also believes his fellow Belgium international has the potential to reach the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He added: “Now let’s be serious. You can’t underestimate the impact he has on Chelsea. And then you’ll expect he would have a dip in his performance level. Last week, against Swansea, he maybe didn’t play his best first half, but when they were reduced to 10, he was the only one who was dangerous. Because he ran past three, four defenders.
“You can have as many tactical plans as you want, if Eden starts running, it is chaos. He’s at a level where he decides how good his team are.
“Messi and Ronaldo are stats animals. If you look at their talent, you can compare Eden to them. But they score a lot. Unbelievable! But Eden has made so much progression the last few years that it is possible he reaches their level. It wouldn’t even be a bad performance when he ends up just behind Messi and Ronaldo.”
Meanwhile, football world governing body FIFA has condemned Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho over his treatment of Chelsea doctor, Eva Carneiro after the champions opening game draw against Swansea at Stamford Bridge.