WHILST Eden Hazard shone at the weekend, Mesut Ozil disappeared. One of the reasons why Arsenal are where they are – and Chelsea are top of the tree.
Okay, so Hazard too disappeared after being the Premier League’s best player – but he is back.
With Ozil, you are never quite sure what you are going to get. Is he up for it; is he interested – does he want out?
I love him as a player when he’s in the mood. When he’s not; a waste of space.
Here’s what Zapsportz team leader Glenn Hoddle had to say about Hazard and Ozil after the Blue s took a firmer grip in the title race.Mail on Sunday columnist Glenn says: “Given that Chelsea are so good as a unit, it’s hard to single out an individual, but Eden Hazard was outstanding on Saturday.
“When you play the big games, you want your big players to step up. That’s exactly what he did.
“The contrast with Mesut Ozil was unavoidable. The bigger the game, the better Hazard plays. For Ozil, despite his record as a World Cup winner and a La Liga champion at Real Madrid, you feel it’s the opposite.”
On his day, Ozil is sublime. A strolling midfielder who looks untouchable. The sort of player any club would want in their side.
When he’s not in the mood….???
There is talk that he will be on the move in the summer, which may be true, but in the meantime old son – give your all for the club that pays you handsome wages.
Referring back to Hazard, who ran the show at the Bridge, Glenn adds: “Of course, it’s important not to forget how poor Hazard was last season.
“But whatever the reason for that, whether he thought he might be moving or an issue with Jose Mourinho, or whether he was fatigued after the World Cup, he has returned to being the player who was the star of the Premier League in 2014-15. Over the course of his career, it seems 2015-16 was an aberration.
“His goal was wonderful but throughout he was excellent. Antonio Conte praised his back-tracking and work for the team. But he has that magical ability to change a game.”