Eden Hazard has named Kyle Walker as the toughest opponent he faced during his time in the Premier League for Chelsea.
Hazard, 31, spent seven trophy-spangled years at Stamford Bridge before leaving for Real Madrid in 2019 for a bumper £100m, winning two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues and an FA Cup and League Cup winner’s medal during that time.
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Whilst in west London, the Belgian appeared 245 times in the Premier League, coming up against some of the game’s best full-backs in that illustrious period, including the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
However, there is only one who can claim the title as Hazard’s toughest opponent during his spell in the English capital, and that honour goes to former Tottenham and current Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker.
Hazard told ESPN: “Kyle Walker. He’s strong, he’s fast.
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“I am strong and fast, but he is stronger than me and he is faster than me.
“As a right-back, I think he is one of the best at the moment.”
The 68-capped England international has established himself as one of the game’s most complete and explosive No. 2s since bursting onto the scene with Sheffield United, before accelerating his growth at Tottenham and then taking his talents to stratospheric levels under Pep Guardiola at City.
The 32-year-old has thrice been named in the PFA Team of the Year, clinched four Premier League titles and won the division’s Young Player of the Year award in 2011/12, making 336 top flight appearances in that time for Spurs, Aston Villa (on loan) and City.
He continues to play a key role in the heart of Guardiola’s backline at the Etihad, as well as for Gareth Southgate at St. George’s Park, earning a place in last summer’s European Championship Team of the Tournament as England reached the final at Wembley against Italy.