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Hazard happy despite defeat

I've already found what I was looking for, says Chelsea man

Eden Hazard: Summer signing pleased after getting through his 'first test' in a Chelsea shirt

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Eden Hazard enjoyed his first taste of English football despite Chelsea suffering defeat to Manchester City in the FA Community Shield.

Hazard had some joy early on but faded after the Blues were reduced to 10 men following Branislav Ivanovic's red card and was withdrawn after 71 minutes of the 3-2 defeat.

The £32million summer signing from Lille admits that was the turning point but refused to be downbeat after the game at Villa Park.

"The red card killed the match," Hazard told L'Equipe.

"Manchester City are a team playing very well and - down to 10 - we had difficulties against their pace early in the second half. But the first half was encouraging.


"I've already found what I came for in England - beautiful stadium, beautiful pitch and big atmosphere.

"I tried to do what I am used to do. Down to 10, I had to defend a lot and it was more complex.

"Beyond the result, I am happy with that first test. I felt at ease. We still have to sort out some details in attack but it will come. I am confident. I have adapted quickly.

"Playing playmaker or not? I have just arrived and the only important thing to me is to play - in any position. I would be even keen to play at left-back.

"There are a lot of talented players in that team. There is competition - it is the highest level."