“On the subject of Belgium, we have to talk about Eden Hazard,” Yaya Toure told The Athletic reflecting on the importance of bums in football.
“It has almost become a joke how big his bum is, but it is very important to how he plays football.
“Hazard is so dangerous that when the ball comes to him, he has maybe less than five seconds before the opposition are on him — I know from my time at City, you want to limit his time on the ball.
“When the ball arrives at Hazard, he can already sense the opponent coming towards him, so he waits until the last moment and uses his bum to block them.
“It pushes the opponent away – almost like a punch – and then, when he has opened up that space between him and the defender, he will power away and start the attack.
“Other wide players use their bums this way, such as Antoine Griezmann for France, and you might see Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero use this at the Copa America, but there is no one better at it than Eden Hazard.”
“The way he can control the ball after using his bum, the way he uses his bum and his body and his hips to protect the ball when defenders run at him, the way he can turn in any direction turn after the impact… it is unbelievable.
“The best players, the ones who use this skill with their hips, are two-footed, so when the ball is coming towards them, they can look behind, know who is going to coming and then, after using their bum to protect the ball, can go either way to get out of the tight space.
“Eden Hazard uses both legs, a big bum and can turn in any direction.”
Aside jokes, Yaya Toure righfully noted a big bum is a powerful football too for those who know how to us it.
As in that case, Eden Hazard certainly does know the art of it and he gains a certain advantage in protecting the ball to frustrate his markers as we have seen on numerous occasions.