It’s safe to say Eden Hazard saw his form go to pot last season.
The Belgian winger was as much use as an inflatable dartboard, just one season after claiming the PFA Player of the Year award for a stunning campaign.
But with new manager Antonio Conte in charge, the former Lille winger knows he must improve his form, or face being shown the door.
Hazard did show signs of improvement during Euro 2016, as he was part of the Belgium side that reached the quarter finals, and looks to have continued that vein of form as Chelsea’s pre season campaign gathers pace.
The 24-year-old was handed a chance to impress Conte as Chelsea faced Real Madrid, being subbed on as the Blues trailed 3-0 in Michigan, and duly scored twice in ten minutes to reduce the deficit.
Here’s his first goal:
And his second was pretty similar too:
Hazard's second goal. pic.twitter.com/MZqqGnPii6
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Both decent finishes from Hazard, who looked sharp as he rounded the goalkeeper twice.
Now, all he has to do is hope Premier League goalkeepers are as hopeless as Orlando Ruben Yanez Alabart next season, and he’ll be banging them in.
If he’s struggling for form when the new season kicks off, maybe he can ask Marcelo for tips after the Brazilian defender pulled this off:
— Dan (@Official_Dayan) July 30, 2016
And that was after he’d done this:
The first goal Marcelo 🔥 pic.twitter.com/KmOyQrhb9k
— Cristiano Ronaldo™ (@Cr7King4ever) July 30, 2016
Chelsea have now won two and lost two of their four pre season games, and have to play AC Milan and Werder Bremen before their season kicks off against West Ham United on August 15.
They’ll be hoping Hazard carries his form into the Premier League, or they might have to start thinking about signing Marcelo…