Eden Hazard admits he is starting to feel the effects after being on the receiving end of what he claims is rough treatment. Hazard missed three games with a back injury and is expected to make his first Premier League start since the October 20 draw with Manchester United when Everton visit Stamford Bridge today.
It remains to be seen if the Chelsea playmaker will last the full 90 minutes this afternoon and admits some of the treatment he receives from the opposition is taking its toll. “I am not happy to be fair, but it’s part of football,” Hazard said.
“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 with Chelsea is a chance to score more goals. “I’m 27 now and 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. It is part of the game, I guess. “I will just start with more treatment and training. I have been doing yoga since I have been at Chelsea.”
Hazard’s Chelsea bosses have previously called for more protection for the Belgium ace from referees. The forward agrees, but admits officials may be reluctant to penalise challenges made early in matches. “(For) the referee it’s hard to show a yellow card in the first minute,” Hazard added.