‘I can’t be like John Terry’, says new skipper Eden Hazard


The newly appointed Belgium skipper Eden Hazard has revealed what kind of leader he intends to be, but has made it clear he will not be trying to copy the style of leadership of his club’s skipper John Terry. He has simply clarified that he does not expect his leadership to be compared with the Blues skipper.

Chelsea star Hazard has been given the leading role of his country squad by his national manager Roberto Martinez, following inconsistent former captain Vincent Company due to injuries ahead of the World Cup qualifying stage. The Blues number 10 will feature as the skipper of his country for the first time on Sunday against Estonia.

Hazard has admitted that it will be foolish if he tries to copy one of the most successful leader in the Premier League History. But he insisted that he will try to lift the World Cup as the skipper of his country in 2018. “My ambition is to lead Belgium to the World Cup, to win something for the country. I hope we can do it but it’s still far away”, he mentioned.

“It’s good for me to be the captain”, he told reporters ahead of Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Estonia. But he has denied that he can’t be like John as the winger prefers not to “talk too much”. “I enjoy it. But I can’t be like John Terry. As captain, I don’t talk too much. I try to talk with my feet on the pitch”, added Hazard.

When he was questioned about leading both the club and his country, he has simply denied cautiously to touch the footsteps of John Terry stating, “I don’t know about that. John Terry is still there. I don’t want to touch his position”

The 25 year old Belgian has rediscovered his best form since the new boss Antonio Conte has taken charge of Chelsea and switched the team to a new system. Hazard has praised the tactics comparing his country, “Maybe the system has helped me to find my form”, he added. “We tried it in Belgium, now we do it with Chelsea”. He has also mentioned the effect of his teammate Marcos Alonso stating, “I said after the 5-0 win against Everton, it means I just need to focus offensively as the wing-back is there to defend. My fortunes have changed since the system changed.”

Now he is enjoying the national squad role given to him and he is very happy to play alongside his brother Thorgan Hazard. The former Chelsea man plays for the German side Borussia Monchengladbach. “It’s very good to play with my brother as well. I hope there will be lot of games together”, he mentioned.

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