Chelsea flop Saul reveals why Eden Hazard struggled in La Liga and admits he’s starting to feel at home in London

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ON LOAN Chelsea midfielder Saul Niguez has revealed why former Blues main player Eden Hazard is struggling in La Liga.

The Spaniard says Spanish football is a ‘totally different game’ to the one played in England.

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Saul (right) in action for Atletico Madrid against then-Chelsea star HazardCredit: NEWS GROUP
Saul struggled to adjust to life in England but insists he's getting used to it

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Saul struggled to adjust to life in England but insists he’s getting used to itCredit: GETTY IMAGES
Hazard's big-money move to Real Madrid didn't work out

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Hazard’s big-money move to Real Madrid didn’t work outCredit: GETTY IMAGES

Saul says that in the Premier League, Hazard used to get ‘one-on-one and two-on-one’ which allowed him to take on people.

But in Spain, when he plays for Real Madrid, teams deliberately make it ‘much more difficult’ for him.

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Saul said of Hazard’s struggles in Spain: “They are totally different. Over there it’s much more tactical, whereas here it’s more physical and a bit crazier.

“There’s more back and forth, it’s less about controlling the game and more about entertaining the fans. You can do things here that you really can’t do in La Liga.

“For example, I was talking to my friends the other day about Eden Hazard. When he was here he was easily one of the best players in the world, then he goes to La Liga and has his own struggles because it’s a whole different game.

“Here he had more one-on-one and two-on-one but in La Liga, because everyone knows how good his team is and how good he is, the other teams give it to him a lot more. difficult.

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“Here it’s a bit backwards, although I think it’s a bit easier to adapt from La Liga to the Premier League than from the Premier League to La Liga.

Saul struggled to adapt to English football and was even hooked 45 minutes into his Chelsea debut against Aston Villa earlier in the season.

On his disastrous debut, he said: “In my first game, I was a bit confused because I was used to doing things differently and it was a bit strange for me.

“I hadn’t had a lot of time to train with my teammates and when I started a lot of them were away with their national teams, so it was a tough start.

“In Spain the football is a lot more tactical, whereas here it’s more physical and a bit crazier. There’s more back and forth, it’s less about controlling the game and more about entertaining the players. You can do things here that you really can’t do in La Liga.

“What is really the most difficult is that here I rarely see the sun or the clear sky, whereas in Madrid it can be very cold but the sky is blue and there is a lot of sun, which also brings a little warmth.”

However, he is now much more settled on and off the pitch and is convinced that moving to England was the right decision.

He said: “The beginning was not easy for me. I changed my whole life, leaving Madrid, leaving Madrid with my family, changing language and culture, even the little things like driving on the other side of the road.

“I would have liked to play more but I also understand that this team won the Champions League last season so it’s difficult to get into the team. I feel good and every day I feel better and I ready when the head coach needs me.

“Everything changed – the stadium, the team-mates, my whole life. The truth is that it hasn’t been easy, but I’m very grateful to my team-mates and the club for making it easier for me to adapt. My English s improves and everything becomes a little easier.

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“Sometimes I take the tube to Selfridges or Westfield or Oxford Street and it’s a little easier for me than in Spain because people are more respectful here and don’t bother you.

“In Spain people are a bit more fanatical and they get a bit closer to you so it’s harder to come out the same way. I’ve played less here so people know me less well, which means say that I can take the metro without problems and I like that.

“I have a stop near my house so I can really enjoy the city without getting into a car and getting stuck in traffic.”

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