Haz­ardous be­ing me, moans Eden

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Your Tv Guide - BY TONY BANKS

EDEN HAZARD has ad­mit­ted that he is now feel­ing the “wear and tear” that de­fend­ers have dished out on his body through­out his ca­reer.

But the Chelsea star, 27, is ready to carry on tak­ing the pun­ish­ment if it means his team keeps win­ning. Chelsea’s top scorer and inspiration this sea­son played an hour of the 1-0 win over BATE Borisov in Be­larus on

Thurs­day, a re­sult which clinched their place in the last 32 of the Europa League.

But Hazard (be­low) took an­other bat­ter­ing from the sort of tack­les which have be­come all to fa­mil­iar to him.

He said: “I’m start­ing to get older, so I have to take more care of my body. I am feel­ing the wear and tear. I have been play­ing foot­ball as a pro­fes­sional for more than

10 years now.

“I am not happy with be­ing kicked but it’s part of foot­ball. The ref­eree tries to do his job and I try to do mine.

“I guess when I am on the floor I can win free-kicks, so ev­ery free-kick is a chance to score.”

Hazard, whose side face Ever­ton to­day, would like more pro­tec­tion from ref­er­ees.

But the striker, who has net­ted eight goals al­ready this sea­son isn’t hold­ing his breath.

He said: “For me that would be bet­ter. But for the ref­eree it’s hard to show a yel­low card in the first minute. “Ev­ery­where It is the same for

me.”

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