Eden Hazard says it’s good to be compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but insisted that he is his own player.
Chelsea’s hopes are pinned on the Belgian forward when they host Barcelona at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie.
Hazard has been constantly compared with Messi and Ronaldo, although the criticism is that he’s not been able to bridge the gap on them.
“It’s good to be compared with the greatest ever, Messi and Ronaldo,” Hazard said in a press conference at Stamford Bridge on Monday.
“But I am different, completely different. We play in different league. I want to do my job. I try to reach their level, because they are the best.
“So, every season I try to do my best. If you want to be one of the best you need to play well in the big games. [Tuesday] a big game, so let’s go for it.”
It will be Hazard’s first ever game against Barca, but it was suggested it wouldn’t be his last, with rumours of a move to Real Madrid never far away.
“Errrr. First I see the game tomorrow,” he responded when asked if his long-term future was at Chelsea.
“I have played for Chelsea for six years now. I'm happy here. My family is happy here and I'm only focused until the end of the season. I'm not thinking about the future because you never know what will happen.”
Chelsea start the game as underdogs — in the words of coach Antonio Conte — but Hazard sees no reason why the Premier League champions cannot progress to the last eight.
“First of all need to defend as a team,” he said when asked how Chelsea can topple Barça.
“If we don’t defend against Barca we are in trouble. We need to defend together, play our football. We need to try and score goals, with the first game here at Stamford Bridge, in front of the Chelsea fans.
“And it’s always good to play against Messi, I did once in the World Cup, we lost the game, so I hope tomorrow is going to be different.”