Matic: Hazard can always bail Chelsea out of trouble

The midfielder says that his Belgian team-mate is the man he turns to whenever he is unsure of what to do with the ball

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic says that Eden Hazard is the man his side turns to when they “don’t know what to do with the ball”.

The Belgian forward was named the Premier League’s Player of the Year last season as he inspired Jose Mourinho’s men to the title with 19 goals and 11 assists across all competitions.

Evaluating the Chelsea squad for the Daily Mail on behalf of Top Eleven, Matic agreed with the honours awarded to his team-mate and believes that there is more still to come from the ex-Lille man.

“He was the best player in the league last season, he won the trophy for being the best and he deserved that,” the Serbian enthused. “He’s still so young! He can still improve.

“Usually it’s a player from the champions that wins the best player and he was so good for us – scoring important goals and assisting others.

“Whenever I don’t know what to do with the ball I just give it to Eden! He usually finds a way to create an opportunity.”

Matic also paid tribute to club captain John Terry, arguing that the veteran is peerless among Premier League centre-backs over the last two decades.

He declared: “John is our legend. I’m not saying this because I play with him – he is the best defender in England in the last 20 years. He is our captain, he’s been captain of teams that have won the league several times, and I have no idea how many cups he’s won!

“If you have a leader like this and good players, results will come. If he sees something wrong on the pitch, he always makes it right, but in a positive way, and the young players like that.

“He doesn’t actually speak that much in the dressing room, he only speaks when he needs to – and everybody listens.”

The midfielder also spoke of his confidence that Radamel Falcao, who has moved on loan to Stamford Bridge after a testing spell at Manchester United last season, can get back to his best under Mourinho’s guidance.

“He’s a great player,” Matic added. “I know he can come back to his quality from before, he just needs to believe in it. I’m sure he will be very important for us.”

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