CHELSEA midfielder Eden Hazard gives defenders nightmares when he stands up to them.
That’s according to former player turned pundit Michael Owen who’s hailed the diminutive Belgium international.
Hazard has been in scintillating form this season.
And he impressed again during the Blues’ 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid last night.
Owen reckons defenders are in big trouble if Hazard stands you up because there’s little chance of stopping him.
“You wouldn’t really associate Hazard with raw speed,” Owen told BT Sport.
“He’s not someone who is going to run away from someone in a race.
“But once he stands you up, you’ve literally got no chance.
“He’s in top gear within three strides and everyone else takes six or seven. You’re dead if he stands you up.”
Before last night’s clash, Owen suggested Hazard has some unique attributes.
“He’s brilliant, he’s just got attributes that very few players have got,” the ex-Liverpool striker said.
“He’s so short, with a low-centre of gravity. He can just stop a player and just a turn of pace gets him past them.
“He can go from no speed to full speed within a couple of strides. He’s got such a good touch, he’s got so much going for him.
“He’s a brilliant, brilliant player. He can use both feet, he makes runs.”