Eden Hazard and Juan Mata were teammates for about two years before the Spaniard moved to Manchester United.
Hazard, together with Mata and Oscar had a formidable partnership back in 2013, as the trio were known as Mazacar.
And Hazard has revealed that one thing he loves about Mata’s game was his good ball control.
He said in an interview with the official Chelsea website: “Yes, for sure, definitely the first control, the first pass. For me football is all about the first touch because when you have skills but you miss the control, you can’t carry on and play your football.
“That is why I love to watch Juan Mata and I enjoyed playing with him because his first touch was always good, you can even pass to him with a bad pass and he will control the ball properly and just play football.”
He continued: “That is why we have in the team top players. Sometimes you give a dreadful ball and the fantastic players, they can deal with it, they can control the ball, hold the ball, turn.”