Eden Hazard has claimed he is the one thing missing from Manchester City as Chelsea prepare to host the Premier League champions on Saturday.
The Blues superstar was full of praise for the Premier League champions, but believes he can be the difference against Pep Guardiola’s men at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard drew comparisons to Lionel Messi with his blistering start to the season, which came after he won the Silver Ball at the World Cup in Russia.
However, his form has since dipped, with the winger failing to find the target since early October as his team slipped ten points behind City in the league.
Speaking to Belgian broadcaster Play Sports ahead of match, Hazard said: “City are all about team play. You can see a lot of movement from them.
“That creates spaces, they get their crosses in, and I think they have more answers that way.
“They also create more chances, and score more goals. But it’s true they don’t have an Eden Hazard. That is the difference!”
And Guardiola was quick to agree with the Belgian, emphasising his quality, but ruled out any potential move for the Chelsea man.
“That is not going to happen,” said the City manager. “I am agreeing with him. He said I’m so good and I am agreeing with him.
“Switch on the TV and look at him. You realise his qualities. He is one of the best players in the world.”
City, who remain unbeaten in the league this season, can effectively end Chelsea’s title race before Christmas with victory on Saturday.
The Blues appeared set to challenge City for the title, before suffering two defeats in three games, including a 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Wednesday.