‘He is someone you can get influenced by’: Belgium boss Roberto Martinez heaps praise on ‘leader’ Eden Hazard
- Eden Hazard is set to captain Belgium when they face Iceland on Thursday night
- Roberto Martinez says the Chelsea star has been a ‘very good leader’ for his side
- Axel Witsel has also praised Hazard for staying ‘cool’ and ‘never getting annoyed’
- After taking on Iceland, Belgium face Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has hailed his captain Eden Hazard, describing the Chelsea star as ‘a role model for all of us’.
Hazard is set to skipper the Red Devils when they face Iceland in the UEFA Nations League on Thursday night in Brussels.
Ahead of the tie at the King Baudouin Stadium, Martinez explained why the 27-year-old has been such an impressive leader for the national team.
Eden Hazard tussles with Holland’s Matthijs De Ligt during a friendly in Brussels last month
Roberto Martinez has heaped praise on Hazard, describing him as ‘a role model for all of us’
‘He’s been a very good leader,’ Martinez said during his press conference on Wednesday.
‘There are many different types of leaders but I think what Eden Hazard brings is someone you can get influenced by and who is an incredible source for younger players and who has been someone who can never, ever get affected by the pressure of the game or the pressure of the situation.
‘And he enjoys his football and is always decisive for his play and a role model for all of us.’
Hazard bursts forward with the ball during Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Everton last weekend
Axel Witsel, who is set to win his 100th cap for Belgium in Thursday night’s game, also praised Hazard’s mental strength.
‘He is still so cool and never gets annoyed,’ he said. ‘He is never stressed, even if it’s an important game during the World Cup.
‘Since he started his career, he has done amazing stuff until now.’