‘I’m going back to being the player I was’ – Eden Hazard finds form in Belgium’s 6-1 Nations League win


Belgium superstar Eden Hazard feels he is returning to his best after his side came from 1-0 down against Poland on Wednesday to storm home for a 6-1 Nations League win.

From the moment Robert Lewandowski puts Poland ahead in the 28th minute, it will be the whole of Belgium, who controls 60 percent of the game while producing nine shots aimed at zero in the second half.

Axel Witsel won 1-1 just before half-time, before joining the Red Devils, with Hazard assisting Kevin De Bruyne to make it 2-1.

The last 20 minutes were an offensive show from the Belgians, with two goals from Leandro Trossard, one from Leander Dendoncker, before Lois Openda finished the game in the 93rd minute.

Speaking to RTL Sport after the win, Hazard said the consistent play would be the key to returning to his top form.

“I’m back to being the player I was,” he said. “I will be the player I was and by combining games, minutes.

“In the team, we had no desire to pass against the Netherlands, the points are very different.

“But it is true that after Friday’s defeat, we spoke privately and made decisions. But it is a secret between us.

“The team’s positive reaction. We needed to respond after the defeat, it’s over, I think a lot of people will sleep well – and so do I.”

Hazard also highlighted the depth of the Belgian team, and that he hopes there will be an exchange in the early 11th.

“With two games left, we will go to Wales and Poland to win,” he said. “I hope coach [Roberto] Martínez will see that there are a lot of players who can play – not just 11 or 12 players. We are really a team.”

Although Hazard wants to see a new face begin to run, Martinez has made it clear that the Real Madrid man is unwilling to take the reins – and that he looks like him.

“When you see Eden Hazard come into the room, you can see whether he is happy or not,” he said. “And then it is clear: there is no more pain.

“He was better today, his body numbers are as good today as they were before. Hazard’s vision is to be in all four games to give him the rhythm he needs.”

Martinez also praised the combination of Crossard and Dendoncker, saying that the future of Belgian football remains bright.

“There is a lot of satisfaction tonight, in many places,” he said. “The players met the expectations, such as Leandro Trossard or Leander Dendoncker in defense.

“Leandro Trossard, we have seen him grow over time. And he is one of the examples of why Belgium never worries about the talent available in the country. For others, talent must take its time to develop.

“Hans Vanaken, Leandro Trossard have had a continuous transformation since joining the national team. Leandro should be encouraged by guys like Eden Hazard to understand the ‘gap’ that could exist with the top in the world, but he has arrived.

“Dendoncker, sometimes we don’t give him enough credit because he can do a lot of things, between a full-back and a midfielder. But he did not disappoint the team, defending himself and being careful.

“We saw that Dendoncker could prove himself as a midfielder. It was Leander ‘s mature game for the national team. There were a lot of games where he showed he could be trusted, and so did tonight.”

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