Hazard netted twice last night to down Manchester City and help Chelsea maintain their seven-point lead at the top.
And Ferdinand thinks it’s all down to Antonio Conte telling Hazard to shirk his defensive duties.
He told BT Sport: “What he’s actually done with Hazard is he’s released him.
“He’s allowed him to cheat at times, he’s allowed him to stay up the park to conserve energy for the moments he gets into the final third.
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“It’s there here he can really affect football matches.”
Fellow pundit Steven Gerrard waxed lyrical about Hazard and says he’s up there with the cream of the crop.
He said: “Eden Hazard is operating at a level where he’s just below the world’s best.
“If you look at the top five players in the world, he’s pushing them really close.
“His performance was phenomenal from start to finish.
“He’s been the match-winner again for Chelsea.
“People questioned him last year for downing tools, for not being committed, because his form wasn’t good enough.
“They said that was one of the reasons Chelsea slumped but he’s been firing on all cylinders this year. He’s back to his best.”