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Published: 11:56 | 10/3/16

Ivanovic jumps to Hazard's defence


Branislav Ivanovic has defended Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard after he was booed by fans during their -1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Hazard was Chelsea's player of the season when they won the Premier League last year, but he has struggled this season, scoring just two goals compared to the 19 he netted last season.

He endured another mixed night and supporters made their feelings known as he limped off with a hip injury in the latter stages of the 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge, while he was also heavily criticised for swapping shirts with Angel Di Maria at half-time.

Ivanovic, however, believes Hazard showed his commitment by starting the game despite the injury.

"It’s not an excuse, but people have to think about the fact he started the game injured," Ivanovic said in the Evening Standard.

"Did that show how committed he is? Yes. Of course when you lose a game the fans are not happy and they have to be like that.

"But in my opinion it was one of his best performances so far. He was very strong and quick. He wanted to score and had a couple of moments where he looked [in the form of] last season."

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