27 November 2017
Chelsea star, Eden Hazard, has opened up about the hard treatment he often gets from opponents in matches.
In March, statistics showed that the Belgian had been the most-fouled top-flight player over the previous two-and-a-half-seasons.
In the past, Antonio Conte and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho have called for officials to offer Hazard more protection during games and the 26-year-old has admitted that the treatment he sometimes gets in matches affects the way he trains.
“Do I protect my legs in training? Yes, yes, yes! To be fair, in training I don’t give everything,” he told the Evening Standard. “When we have drills, some people go crazy, but I don’t want to be kicked in training. I try to have a break.
“We don’t have many breaks in the season, so I try in training to have more of a rest, and then in the games I give everything. Do I get a lot of bruises? Yes. Sometimes I’m feeling a lot. I get a lot of fouls, a lot on my ankle.
“When I’m on the pitch I do receive kicks, but that is part of football and I’m not complaining.
“I do everything for my body when I’m at the training ground. I know my body is strong and I am working on that. It is important I do. I’m lucky to have good health, I take good care of my body the best I can.”