Ross Barkley believes Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard is one of the best in the world after coming on to score the decisive goal against Bournemouth last night.
The Belgian replaced Barkley in the second half and then grabbed his second goal in as many matches in the 84th minute to make it 1-0 and send Chelsea into a Carabao Cup semi-final meeting with Tottenham.
“The way we were playing you could see we had the belief a goal was going to come. Eden got that goal and he can produce magic moments like that, and the team stuck at it and we came away with the win,” Barkley told the official Chelsea website.
“Eden is playing very well at the moment, he is up there with the best in the world and he is capable of producing goals like that, like he scored in a previous round against Liverpool, and to play with a player like that is fantastic.
“He is relaxed but once he is on the training pitch he is magical. He plays with enjoyment but he scores goals and he creates goals and he is a pleasure to play with.
“He plays with a smile and that is the way you have to approach the game, you have to be laid back and on game day, be ready to make things happen.”
It was Hazard’s 10th goal of the season and leaves him just one short of a century for Chelsea who he joined from Lille back in 2012.
Maurizio Sarri’s side will be joined in the last four of the competition by holders Manchester City and surprise package Burton Albion, as they bid to reach the final at Wembley on February 24.
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