Chelsea playmaker, Eden Hazard, has admitted that he holds back during training sessions, so that he can give his best on match days.
Hazard has scored six goals and provided four assists in both the Premier League and Champions League this season.
The Belgian is always targeted by opposition defenders and is one of the most fouled players in football. But he has now revealed how he looks after himself.
“Do I protect my legs in training? Yes, yes, yes!” the 26-year-old said.
“To be fair, in training I don’t give everything. When we have drills some people go crazy, but I don’t want to be kicked in training. I try to have a break.
“We don’t have many breaks in the season, so I try in training to have more of a rest and then in games I give everything.”
Pressed on whether he feels that he takes a lot of knocks, Hazard added: “Yes. Sometimes I’m feeling a lot. I get a lot of fouls, a lot on my ankle.
“When I’m on the pitch I do receive kicks, but that is part of football and I’m not complaining.
“I do everything for my body when I’m at the training ground. I know my body is strong and I am working on that.
“It is important I do. I’m lucky to have good health, I take good care of my body the best I can.”