ONE man made the difference at the Stadium of Light last night as Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet conceded: “Eden Hazard was unplayable!”
The Belgian scored two superb individual goals and was a danger every time he got ball in Sunderland’s 4-3 defeat to Chelsea.
And Poyet was quick to laud the brilliance of the Belgian.
“He was amazing,” said the Uruguayan. “I don’t ever remember a player playing against a side I have managed as well as he did – no matter what we did we couldn’t cope with him.
“It’s as good as a performance as I’ve seen from anyone all season.
“We tried everything – we man-marked him, we put two up against him, three, tried other tactics but there was nothing we could do.”
Even so, Poyet enjoyed the challenge he faced against one of the teams which will surely be contesting the Premier League title at the end of the season.
“I loved coming up against my former club because that is why I want to be here at Sunderland – to be involved in games like these against the best teams in the world,” said Poyet.
“And we acquitted ourselves well on the night – it was an exceptional game of football.
“There were great challenges between Chelsea’s defence and our attack – between the likes of John Terry and Gary Cahill and Fabio Borini and Jozy Altidore and I enjoyed watching that.
“This is a different Sunderland team from the one that I took over and I’m convinced that if we play like that all season then we will stay up.”
Meanwhile, Poyet will hope Hazard is rested when the sides meet again in the Capital One Cup in 12 days time.