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Fredericks shattered by Eden project

Filed: Tuesday, 9th April 2019
By: Staff Writer

West Ham full back Ryan Fredericks believes that Eden Hazard could be the best player in the Premier League on current form.

The 26-year-old right back, who confessed to being "shattered" after the game was helpless to prevent the mercurial Belgian scoring twice against West Ham at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsesa rose to third in the Premier League.

And Fredericks admitted that the Hammers were simply not good enough on the night to contain the winger, who has been strongly linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.

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"He’s very hard to play against, admitted the former Fulham defender. "He’s probably the best player in the Premier League, and he doesn’t stand out wide.

"He plays left wing but he doesn’t stay out there; he goes inside and picks up positions that the full-back can’t follow him into. It becomes more of a midfielder’s job but then the midfielders have their own men to pick up too. He does that to pretty much every team he plays against."

Yet despite Hazard's impressive performance, Fredericks was still unhappy that West Ham allowed Chelsea to dictate the game from the start.

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"We can’t give too much respect to the opposition," he added. "The top six teams have got great players, but so have we. We need to go into every game, no matter who we are playing, and take the game to them.

"In the first half against Chelsea we weren’t at it at all, and I think we probably gave them a bit too much respect, which let them play. We didn’t play our stuff and the manager told us that he wasn’t happy with the first half – and rightly so.

"We came out for the second and we were a bit better. We had a couple of chances. There were points in the second half where I felt like we were getting on top.

"We’ve got good enough players in our team to not come to these places and just sit back and try to stop them from scoring. We need to be taking the game to whoever we are playing, and we showed that in the second half."

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