There is no better feeling than crossing that white line and giving your all for your teammates. You know the feeling when playing amateur football.. just imagine the buzz from playing at the highest level!? Chelsea and Belgium cornerstone, Eden Hazard chats to FourFourTwo about how you can boost your performance on match day.
Obey the Gaffer
"It's important to listen to the manager's tactical instructions, especially when you play in midfield, where you have a responsibility to attack and defend. The best way to defend is by keeping the ball. If you have the ball, your opponent can't score. When you have the ball, don't try to force the play - wait for the right moment to try and score. When you don't have the ball, press the opponent and force them into making mistakes."
Respect your opponent
"The Premier League has taught me that any team can beat you; even when you play against the smaller teams, they are able to raise their performance to cause an upset. When you play for a big team, everyone wants to beat you. The top players are able to perform week in, week out, no matter who they're playing. You need to have a competitive mentality and make sure you're approaching every game with the right attitude."
There's no I in team
"There are times when you have to adapt your natural game to help the team. As an attacking player, playing for a top team, I have learned that I have to support the defence and not just the attack. It can be difficult because you may want to help the team by creating a chance or scoring a goal, but you have to do what the game demands. Sometimes you have to help the team in a different way. You won't always get it right, but you will learn with experience."
Eden Hazard wears the Nike Mercurial Vapor, available at rebel.