See which trickster’s skills got on his manager’s nerves in the 0-0 draw with Wales…
Eden Hazard has been praised for the way he’s knuckled down and worked hard under José Mourinho, but his attitude was questioned again yesterday, this time by his international coach.
Speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with Wales, Balgium coach Marc Wilmots admitted he was not happy with his star player’s attempt at a “rabona” kick during the game.
“That rabona annoyed me,” the Mirror report Wilmots as having said. “We have to try to be more efficient… Every second counts in games like this with the national team. You have to be efficient.”
The root of the Belgium manager’s annoyance is more likely to be his side’s performance in the group. They now lie fourth in Group B, with only 5 points from three games. Israel are top with nine, while Wales’ creditable draw has kept them in second, now with eight points.
Hazard has hit rabona kicks quite often for Chelsea, but generally only when the side are already ahead. Against Fulham earlier last season, the winger surged through the defence and hit a perfectly chipped rabona over David Stockdale to the far post.
Unfortunately for the Blues the man who rose to meet the ball was Fernando Torres, who somehow managed to head the ball wide.