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Not Hazardous enough

Chelsea star says more needed to be done to justify Messi, Ronaldo comparisons.

London: Eden Hazard admitted he must show more on the Champions League stage for Chelsea if he is to justify comparisons to five-time Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Hazard goes head-to-head with Messi when Barcelona visit Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their last-16 clash in early hours of Wednesday.
The Belgian has won Player of the Year awards for his part in leading Chelsea to two Premier League titles, but is yet to take Europe's premier club competition by storm.
"It's good to be compared with the greatest ever, Messi or Ronaldo," said Hazard.
"I try to do my job and try to reach their level, because they are the best in the world.
"Every season I try and do my best. When we play this kind of games, we need to perform.
"If you want to be one of the best, you have to play well in the big games. This is a big game."
Hazard has long been linked with a move to Barca's biggest rivals, Real Madrid.
And whilst he insisted he remains happy in London, he refused to completely rule out a move to Spain.
"I have two years left on my contract. I'm happy here, my family is happy here," he added.
"I'm just focused on the game tomorrow and to the end of the season. I don't think much about the future because you never know what happens in the future."
Hazard, who is Chelsea's top scorer with 15 goals this season, was highlighted by Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic as the biggest threat to the Catalans.
"For me he is," said the Croat when questioned whether Hazard is world class.
"He is maybe the most important player for Chelsea.
"We have to be ready tomorrow to stop him. He is really fast one against one, he is in really good form in his last games and we have to be ready for him."
However, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde pinpointed under-fire manager Antonio Conte as the English champions' biggest strength.
Comfortable wins over West Brom and Hull in the past week have slightly eased the pressure on Conte, who has publicly clashed with Chelsea's hierarchy over recruitment this season.
The real test, though, comes against a Barca side that are unbeaten in 30 games under Valverde.
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