Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has gradually established himself as one of the most cool-headed players in the game presently when it comes to taking penalties and putting them away. The Belgian seems to have mastered the art, regardless of the calibre of the game, as well as the tension that surrounds a particular scenario.
He showed this composure yet again during the final of the FA Cup in Wembley when he put away the penalty amid the noise form fans that saw Chelsea emerge as the winners of the FA Cup over Manchester United at Wembley.
The fans piled on the pressure with the deafening noise from at least 80,000 fans at the time but Hazard stepped up and coolly slotted past Da Gea sending the Spain international the wrong way.
The Belgian admitted in an interview that it was a high pressure penalty kick as it came when the scoreline as still 0-0. He revealed that he has mastered the art of converting penalties as he prefers allowing the goalkeepers to commit themselves before taking the kick most times.
“There is always a bit of pressure with a penalty. Especially if it is 0-0. If you have a penalty at 3-0 or 4-0 you obviously do not feel any pressure because the game is won. But at 0-0 in a final there’s always [pressure].“
“I have handled it well. Waited for the keeper to choose a side and kicked it the other side. I am content. You never know what can happen but for me it was mainly a way of thanking the fans. They have always supported us. We have not always played well but they were here en masse.”
The Belgian will now turn his attention towards preparation for the world cup in Russia as he was unsurprisingly part of the 23-man squad named by Roberto Martinez, alongside his Belgium contingent from Chelsea.