Chelsea new boy Eden Hazard takes hard knocks of the Premier League


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Eden Hazard insists he has no fears about playing in England. The Belgium forward made a fine Premier League debut for Chelsea on Sunday with two assists in the first seven minutes of the 2-0 win at Wigan. The Latics resorted to tough measures to stop the £32m signing, with captain Gary Caldwell booked for a late challenge.

But Hazard insisted it was no worse than he suffered playing for Lille or against Manchester City in last weekend's Community Shield. "I already had a taste of these kind of tackles in the Community Shield," he said. "I was kicked quite a bit in the first half against Wigan but, in France, it was already like that for me."