Belgium boss explains the differences between Christian Pulisic and Eden Hazard

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Belgium boss  explains the differences between Christian Pulisic and Eden Hazard
Christian Pulisic celebrates after scoring his second goal against Burnley

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has given his verdict on comparisons between Eden Hazard and Christian Pulisic.

The Chelsea winger grabbed a perfect hat-trick on Saturday as the Blues beat Burnley 4-2 at Turf Moore.

It was a seventh-straight win for Frank Lampard’s side with Pulisic grabbing all the headlines after opening his account for his employers in sensational fashion.

The American’s fantastic display has earned him comparisons with the Real Madrid forward, with the papers suggesting Pulisic could become the ‘new Hazard’.

However, Martinez, who has worked closely with Hazard during his time with the national team, believes that the two players have different qualities.

“[They’re] very different, very different. Eden is a player that stops and assesses where he can execute his moment in a one v one situation,” Martinez told Goals on Sunday.

“I think Christian is dynamic, he always needs to be on the move. He’s someone that needs to receive on the move, so they’re very different in that aspect.

“I think what they bring in the final third is exactly the same, players that think and take control of the moment and then they can find a good assist or a goal.”

The former Everton boss was quick to heap praise on Pulisic for his perfect treble and also lauded the man-management from Frank Lampard which has helped the American adapt to the Premier League.

Pulisic had struggled for game time in recent weeks after a flurry of matches at the start of the season, with Lampard taking him out of the firing line to adapt to his new surroundings to fantastic effect.

“I saw Christian Pulisic play a lot for Borussia Dortmund last season. He’s exactly what you say, there is a lot of technical players that when they get in the box, everything is rushed,” Martinez explained.

The former Everton boss was quick to heap praise on Pulisic for his perfect treble and also lauded the man-management from Frank Lampard which has helped the American adapt to the Premier League.

Pulisic had struggled for game time in recent weeks after a flurry of matches at the start of the season, with Lampard taking him out of the firing line to adapt to his new surroundings to fantastic effect.

“I saw Christian Pulisic play a lot for Borussia Dortmund last season. He’s exactly what you say, there is a lot of technical players that when they get in the box, everything is rushed,” Martinez explained.

“He is the opposite, when he gets in the box he makes the right call, he can finish with his right, his left, he’s a very impressive player.

“What impressed me the most is the way Frank Lampard has managed him. We all know when a foreign player arrivers in the Premier League, it doesn’t matter who you are, you need a settling period.

“For Lampard to know exactly what Christian needed, it’s taken him ten games to unleash him in a way, I think from the European Cup and the game against Liverpool in the Super Cup, Christian Pulisic is now adapted to the Premier League. That’s full credit to Frank Lampard.”

SOURCE: FOOTBALL.LONDON

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