Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has revealed that Eden Hazard’s fitness levels need to “grow” before he is able to return to his best.
The Belgian international started in the 2-1 defeat to PSG in the French capital on Tuesday night, with Edinson Cavani’s late strike coming after Jon Obi Mikel had cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener.
It was the second consecutive game that Hiddink has started Hazard, although he only completed 90 minutes for the first time in 2016 against Newcastle United last Saturday.
The Dutch tactician was pleased with what he saw from his star forward, but believes that it will take time and hard work before the supporters see the best of him again.
“He had a threat forward and he had some good runs, but of course, this was a game with a high intensity. After 65, 70 minutes, it was enough for him,” he said, according to Sky Sports.
“He has to grow and when he does, his shape will grow as well. Happily we also have Oscar for his position. He will be better and better.”
Hiddink insisted that he was pleased with the away goal which made up for the disappointment of losing the game, but insists that his side must stay focused in the second leg to overturn their deficit.
Captain John Terry missed the trip to France due to injury, and his boss was adamant that he wouldn’t rush him back as he is keen to avoid pushing him too quickly which in turn could risk a more serious setback.
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