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Eden Hazard downplays Virgin van Djik and declares he is not the toughest Premier League opponent

By Charles Cornwall

Eden Hazard downplays Virgin van Djik and declares he is not the toughest Premier League opponent

Virgil van Dijk is widely recognised as one of the best defenders in world football,

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The Premier League is known for being home to some of the best talent in world football, although Virgil van Dijk is one of the best, Eden Hazard rates Kyle Walker above him. Virgil van Dijk is widely recognised as one of the best defenders in world football, but Eden Hazard believes Kyle Walker is a tougher Premier League player to play against.

Hazard has been a shadow since leaving Chelsea in 2019, and the former Premier League player was one of the best in the world during his time at Stamford Bridge. Hazard faced some of the greatest defenders during his seven-year spell at Chelsea, including John Terry, fortunately playing in the same team as the Belgian. Van Dijk is a common answer when most strikers are asked who is the toughest defender they have faced. But not for Hazard, who placed Walker above the Dutchman.

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When asked who was the toughest defender to face, Hazard told ESPN: "Kyle Walker. He's strong and quick, you know, I'm strong and quick, but he was stronger than me and quicker than me. As a right-back, he's one of the best at the moment."

Walker has become a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's defensive line at Manchester City, and the defender was also an integral part of England's two incredible tournament runs as they went close at the 2018 World Cup and also Euro 2020. Guardiola highlighted Walker's influence. who was desperate to rush him back from injury in the Champions League against Real Madrid last season.

 

 


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