Eden Hazard is on the level of Pele and Maradona

Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:22

Carragher believes only the greats of the game could score the goal Hazard scored last night and that the Belgian is the best player in EPL

Eden Hazard has been in sterling form this season, and last night was decisive – as he came off the bench to score the winning goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool.

The strength shown by the Belgian en-route to scoring the winning goal earned him praise and a comparison with two of the greatest of the game from Jamie Carragher.

The 40-year-old who believes Hazard is the best player in the Premier League told Skysports that all the greats of the game have the power shown by Hazard yesterday.

The former Liverpool defender said, “Think of the Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Gianfranco Zola and you can even go back to Diego Maradona and Pele.

“They can’t be bullied in football. Even though they are great players you think how do you stop them? You can’t knock them off the ball and he has got strength in the legs and the backside.

“I said on commentary that he is the best player in the Premier League. It’s not because he scored that goal, I believe it.


“I think he should have been named the best player at the World Cup.

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Pogba is not as good as he thinks he is

The former Liverpool defender said he has grown tired of people making excuses for the highly rated France midfielder.

Jamie Carragher has said Jose Mourinho had his backings over the Portuguese manager row with Paul Pogba, who Mourinho announced on Tuesday that he would no longer wear United’s captaincy armband anymore.

The duo of Mourinho and Pogba endured strain relationship for the latter part of last season, but fury was re-ignited of late when Mourinho criticised his team after last Saturday 1-1 draw at home against Wolves.

Pogba, on Monday, speaking to reporters launched attacks on his coach tactics – saying United needs to attack more when playing

Carragher said on Sky Sports Football that Pogba “is not as good as he thinks he is.”

“He’s got talent, but his big problem is his understanding of the game. It has been a problem since he came, and it hasn’t changed now.

“You can sum Paul Paul Pogbas Man Utd career up in the last two games. He scored a great goal against Young Boys, showing his quality, but then gets robbed of the ball on the halfway line, falls over doesn’t break his neck to get back against Wolves and there’s an equalizing goal.

“That sums it up.”

The 38 capped English international went further to discuss the Mourinho-Pogba feud.

“People are saying Mourinho is causing problems, taking the captaincy off him, but he’s not really a captain, is he, in terms of how he plays? He’s letting his agent speak negatively about the club, how can that happen if he’s that man for Man Utd, fighting for the club, fighting for the manager.

“Jose Mourinho has got his problems in terms of the end of the season… But in terms of this confrontation, I’d be with Mourinho before I’d be with Pogba.

“… People talk about Matic coming in, Fred coming in to help Pogba. Help yourself! I’m sick of excuses for big players and managers not getting the best out of you.”



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Carragher believes Cech is back to his best, and questions Emery' usage of the goalkeeper

Cech, who has started all Arsenal league games has come under some criticisms – following some underwhelming performances in the early games of the seasons.

But after the 36-year-old put up a sterling performance – that earned him the man-of-the-match award in Arsenal 2-0 win against Everton yesterday, Jamie Carragher heaped praise on the former Chelsea shot stopper.

The former Liverpool defender believes Cech is getting back to his best, but question Arsenal boss Unai Emery usage of the former Czech international.

Carragher said Emery asking Cech to play with his legs is like “manager putting me on the wing.”

“I think Petr Cech in this first five or six games looks like Petr Cech I remember at Chelsea in terms of the saves he makes,” Carra told Skysports. “His starting positions and coming out at people’s feet.

“The criticisms he’s got in terms of using his feet, and I’ve been critical of it. My criticism is not for the goalkeeper, it’s maybe more for the manager for asking him to do those types of things.

“It’s like manager putting me on the wing and asking me to beat the full-back, you can’t do it.

“He’s never going to be good with his feet and again, there were problems against Everton, playing out from the back and losing the ball in their own half with Everton pressing.

“You think at some stage they may come a cropper and it may hurt them, but they do seem to be getting through these games.”   

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Carragher clarifies his position on Marcus Rashford's development under Jose Mourinho

United boss Jose Mourinho has been under fierce criticisms for Rashford’s development under him – with the 20-year-old having failed to nail down a spot as the centre-forward for the Red Devils.

Last week, at his post-match conference ahead of the game against Watford, Mourinho launched a defence of the development of Rashford under him – saying the England international has played an incredible number of minutes for a player of his age.

One of the focal advocates of Rashford moving away from Old Trafford, Jamie Carragher, though said Mourinho was spot on in his defence, insisted that the United youth product must leave the club if he wants to play as a centre-forward.

“I agree with everything Jose Mourinho said, but that's not me backing down on what I said,” the Liverpool great said on Monday Night Football

“What I don't like - and maybe Mourinho or others felt it - is the thought I just threw away a lazy comment.

“I'm not talking about how many minutes Rashford gets. The minutes and appearances he gets for a 20-year-old lad at a club the size of Man Utd, you look around the world and you think only maybe Kylian Mbappe gets similar.

“He is getting great minutes.

“I’m not saying Jose Mourinho is wrong and should play Rashford ahead of Lukaku - I'm not saying that, because he shouldn't, Lukaku is better than him - but if that lad wants to play centre-forward, how does he do that?

“My point was, he may have to move away and then maybe come back, the same as Lukaku did.

“That's the problem you've got as a young player. If Rashford doesn't want to play centre-forward, he should stay. If he does, I feel he'd have to move away.”

Rashford has only managed one start this season this season – his red card, in the game against Burnley means he won’t be available for United’s next two league games – as he had missed the game against Watford, which was one of the three-game ban he would serve.


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The Spaniard has lost his first two competitive games as an Arsenal manager – the recent a 3-2 loss away from home to Chelsea.

While Unai Emery’s loses has not been much of a news, his style of wanting to play from the back has met so many scrutiny.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is the latest big name to criticise Emery for his style, and he said on Monday Night Football that the former PSG boss changed some of his approaches.

“I think the manager has to adapt,” Carragher said. “Not throw away all his principles, but defend a little bit deeper.

“Has he got the players to press from the front? He hasn't got the pace at the back. Has he got a goalkeeper who can play out? I just think that to get through to January he has to adapt.”

In defence of Emery’s approach, Gary Neville told Carragher that “it's ignorant to suggest he has to adapt.”

Neville, a former Valencia manager said Emery was a successful manager and that he must maintained his approach that had brought his so many accolades in the past years.

“I think it's ignorant to suggest he has to adapt,” The former United defender said.

“No. He has had six weeks to work. Unai Emery has been a coach for 10 years and has been successful. He has his idea and the players have to adapt to him.

“He has to find out over this first season which players can adapt to him and which players can't. Of course he will lose games. In the first season there will be some pain for Arsenal in this transition they are going through. I think it's dangerous to adapt.

“I know this from my biggest learning in Valencia. I set off on a path of what I was going to do and didn't get results. The minute I started to adapt and take people away from my idea and do things different, I threw away the previous three or four weeks of work I'd done.

“If he starts to work on one idea of playing out from the back, but then says knock it long, you start to get confusion in players' minds.”

After the 2-0 defeat Arsenal suffered to Man City, Sam Allardyce was one of the very first name that came out to criticise Emery.

Allardyce said only the best teams were allowed to play the way Emery was setting his team, and Neville has threw a jibe at the former England manager, saying Emery’s task is not to save a team from relegation battle – something Allardyce is known with.

“I saw Sam Allardyce's comments on the radio, but Unai Emery is not trying to get eight points from five games to avoid relegation.

“He's trying to build a team to win the title. The last thing he should do, in my experience, which was a bad one, is change and adapt because his players will walk all over him.” Neville said.



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The Blues has suffered back to back defeat to both Bournemouth and Watford respectively – conceding three in the former and four in the latter, and that has made Rooney to suggest that the reigning league champions are in crisis.

The Blues manager though has adduced in recent times that he wanted to stay in Chelsea for the more years has been at loggerheads with the Chelsea Boards over failed transfers last summers.

The transfer melee at the club led to Michael Emenalo, the former Football to resign from his position at the club

And with Conte coming out on numerous occasions to critise the Chelsea Boards, Rooney posited that Conte’s antics might be a conduit to step down from his position at Chelsea.

Rooney believes that there seems to be a ‘big problem’ at the Stamford Bridge as things Conte do say openly are indoors’ discussion.

“Any problem that a team have should be kept behind closed doors,” Rooney said on Monday Night Football.

“It seems like Conte is putting a lot out there. Whether that is because he wants to find a way out because he isn’t getting what he wants, we don’t know.

“There seems to be big problem.”

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Meanwhile, fellow English International and former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher said Chelsea’s display against Watford was the Worst performance from the club in 15 years.

Chelsea’s cause to bounce back from 3-0 defeat to Bornemouth was shattered when Tiemoue Bakayoko received his marching orders for his second bookable offence inside half an hour.

Troy Deeney’s opener from the penalty spot was cancelled by Eden Hazard but goals from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu, and Robert Pereyra respectively in the dying minutes of the game ensured Chelsea were well pounded at the Vicarage Road.

Carragher, who also believed that Chelsea made things looked so easy for Watford said, “I do not think I have seen Chelsea play like this for 15 years.

“Tonight was a bad performance I have seen from a Chelsea team in a long time. Something isn’t right. Maybe they need a change.

“You would like to think that the problems he {Conte} has got with the board are not affecting the players, but as you have seen in the past few games, that was not Chelsea.

“I do not identify that kind of performance with Chelsea.”

Up next for Conte and his boys to redeem themselves will be a league meeting with West Brom next Monday at the Stamford Bridge

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