Wales captain Ashley Williams has called on his teammates, to collectively stop Eden Hazard. Wales will play Belgium in the quarterfinals.
Belgium international, Eden Hazard will lead the line against Wales, when they face each other at Lille, the same place the Chelsea man made his professional debut.
Williams is accustomed to facing the likes of De Bruyne, Lukaku and Hazard in the EPL. But the 31-year-old has urged Wales to use their redoubtable team spirit to keep the attacking threat of Marc Wilmots’ side at bay.
“He’s one of the best players in world, he can make things happen, has excellent balance, scores goals, creates goals,” he said of Hazard.
“I have played against him lots of times in the Premier League, but it’s not just him. Belgium have quality across the board, across the team, so we will not pay too much attention to him, but keep an eye on him and try and nullify him and the whole team really.
“Lukaku knows me and I know him. He is very strong and powerful, he can score goals. I will still do my research on him this evening, but I know what he’s about. It would be great to get a clean sheet against a player like that with all the attributes he has.
“I think that our spirit is massively important and saw us through a lot of tough times. We have grown up together and when times are hard, we stick together. I heard Chris Gunter say it’s unbreakable and he’s right: it’s a band of brothers and we trust each other on and off the pitch.”
Williams paid tribute to the Wales medical staff for helping him to recover in time from a shoulder injury that he sustained in the win over Northern Ireland in Paris.