Belgium captain Eden Hazard had some constructive criticism for his international teammate and Premier League rival Romelu Lukaku following ?Les Diables Rouges’ victory over ?Panama in group G’s opening match on Monday afternoon.
The first-half saw
“Even though we have good players, it is not easy for us to play with a man short.
“He did not have a bad game. He scored twice, so everyone is happy. It is good for his confidence.
“We showed we were present. We scored goals, kept a clean sheet and everybody was able to play.
Hazard is clearing taking his captain’s duties seriously at this summers World Cup as Belgium look to reach their potential, considering the wealth of talent within their ranks.
He may also look to keep Lukaku on his toes after playing with him briefly at ?Chelsea, where the 25-year-old was sparsely used by then-manager Jose Mourinho – who, ironically enough, is Lukaku’s manager once more at ?Manchester United.
Fans of the Red Devils and Les Diables Rouge will draw confidence from Hazard’s man-management of Lukaku, given how he responded in the second half, and will hope that it inspires the powerful forward to greater heights at the World Cup and next season in the ?Premier League.