Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has urged star midfielder Eden Hazard to lead his country to glory, in the Red Devils’ last 16 clash against the United States of America on Tuesday.
Hazard has established himself as one of the star men in Europe after some scintillating performances for Chelsea last season. Hazard will be wearing the number 10 shirt at the club next season, which was vacant since Juan Mata’s departure in January. The Spaniard occupied the famous shirt for two seasons, before moving for pastures new at Manchester United.
Despite Hazard struggling to recreate his club form on the international stage thus far at the World Cup, he is still one of the main men for Belgium and will be a key asset against the Americans.
Following Jose Mourinho’s recent praise of his star winger, Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has backed Hazard to be the man to make the difference on Tuesday.
Wilmots told reporters: “Eden wants to do more, he can bring us more. Everyone knows that. So now I’m just waiting to see it and I’m not trying to put any pressure on him. I would like him to be a leader on the pitch even if he is just 23.
“He can dictate the game, find the overlaps and score goals.
“That’s what he told me when we talked about it. But between saying and doing there is always a gap. And there is the opponent: will he leave you enough space?
“He was very dangerous against Algeria. I’m counting on him – and so is Belgium – but I think it’s all together that we will find the solution.”
Hazard has created eight chances at the World Cup so far.