Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has said without Eden Hazard, the responsibility has been shared more evenly among the team.
Hazard left Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid last summer after nine years of an illustrious career at Chelsea.
The 29-year-old was Chelsea’s talisman, having named club’s player of the season four times in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Jorginho, who joined the Blues last season, played alongside the Belgium international for just one season.
But he surely felt how Hazard impacted the games and often won games single-handedly with his trickery.
Hazard scored 18 goals and further laid on 17 assists in all competitions for Chelsea, including the two goals he scored in the last year’s Europa League final against Arsenal in May.
Speaking in an interview with ESPN Brasil about Hazard’s departure, Jorginho said: “It ends up with the good side and the bad side too.
“Not having this responsibility on a single player, it ends up falling on all players.
“And in my view, this is good because it ends up holding us all responsible for what is happening.
“Often, when there is only one, the merit goes to him, and so does the blame. Football, in the end, is a team effort.”
Without Hazard, some players have indeed stepped up their game.
The most obvious one is Mateo Kovacic who has taken the mantle of Chelsea’s primary ball-carrier.
He has had a significant increase from 1.3 dribbles per game in the Premier League last season to 2.8 per game (more than any Chelsea player) this term.
Interestingly, statistically, Chelsea have seen little change in the numbers of chance created or goals scored since Hazard left the club.
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