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Chelsea signing Hazard confident handling Premier League rough stuff

Chelsea signing Eden Hazard is confident handling the massive expectations of Blues fans.

Hazard was subjected to some tough treatment in the 3-2 defeat by Manchester City at Villa Park and then found himself thrust into a defensive role after the dismissal of Branislav Ivanovic, before being substituted.

"I've already found what I came for in England - beautiful stadium, beautiful pitch, big atmosphere and a very competitive match," he said.

"Beyond the result, I am happy with that first test. I felt at ease. It's very fast and I believe it's a perfect style of play for my qualities. I'm here to play these very intense games. In France, it could be intense during 10 or 15 minutes but the match can be very quiet during the next 10 or 15 minutes. Here, it is always at the maximum.

"I was stopped sometimes by big tackles, but people have always tried to stop me playing hard. But when it's fair like that it's OK.

"The first half was encouraging but the red card killed the game. Down to 10 players, it was really difficult because City pass the ball very well. I had to defend a lot in the second half and it was very hard physically.

"I was pleased with my performance. I can do better of course, but I am confident."

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