Hazard unfazed by treatment
Eden Hazard has insisted he is used to being on the receiving end of some tough challenges and will carry on playing the same way.
Last Updated: 20/08/12 4:22pm
Eden Hazard has insisted he is used to being on the receiving end of some tough challenges and will carry on playing the same way as he aims to become a key player for Chelsea.
The Belgian playmaker enjoyed a wonderful Premier League debut on Sunday as he set up Branislav Ivanovic's opener against Wigan, before earning the penalty that made it 2-0.
Gary Caldwell was booked for a late challenge on Hazard and a number of other Wigan players also conceded free-kicks for bringing him down.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo decided to withdraw the 21-year-old in the 64th minute but the big-money summer signing shrugged off his treatment afterwards, insisting it was no worse than he had suffered playing for Lille or against Manchester City in last weekend's Community Shield.
"I already had a taste of these kind of tackles in the Community Shield," he said.
"I was kicked quite a bit in the first half against Wigan but, in France, it was already like that for me.
"I wasn't aware I was the most fouled player in the match, I wasn't counting them.
"At the start of the game, you could see the way I play and the most important thing is I'm not injured."
Yet Hazard refused to get carried away with his own contribution, pointing out he did not have the same impact after winning the penalty that put Chelsea 2-0 up.
"There are still a lot of things I can do better," he added.
"I lost a lot of balls in the second half, but I contributed what was asked of me. I was asked to be decisive and I was, with the penalty and an assist."
Hazard was nevertheless pleased with how he slotted in alongside Juan Mata, with both playing just off Fernando Torres.
"I started as the number 10 and then afterwards with Mata, we tried to interchange positions rather than stay in the same place and I think we worked rather well," said Hazard, who was withdrawn for fellow big-money new boy Oscar.
"Oscar has just arrived and we haven't had the time to work together. We have only had one training session so far but, little by little, we should get things to where they should be.
"There are loads of possibilities. Ryan Bertrand was on the left against Wigan and Daniel Sturridge can play there as well and the coach won't hesitate.
"He will just put the best players on the pitch. Our preparation was very good. Physically speaking, I feel impeccable."