Champions League gain is Chelsea's pain, says Hazard

Lynette Rowe
February 10, 2018

Eden Hazard feels it was always going to prove hard for Chelsea to mount a successful Premier League title defence on their return to Europe.

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has apparently still got his eyes on the Premier League title this season, and has insisted that it is still possible to catch runaway leaders Manchester City.

Speaking about Chelsea's indifferent season, Hazard told Spanish sports daily Marca: "What happened is that we won last season and now people want us to win again".

One player who has been a constant for the past 5.5 years has been Eden Hazard.

Chelsea won the league in Conte's first season in charge, and they made a decision to switch up the squad over the break.

Eden Hazard
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This time a year ago, Chelsea would have been the favourites going into a game with Pep Guardiola's side.

But when the two sides play in March, it's set to be an absorbing clash, with Chelsea scrapping to hold onto a top four spot, and City looking to make sure their league lead doesn't slip as they battle through four competitions.

However, with his job on the line, Chelsea face a season-defining few weeks after West Brom's visit to Stamford Bridge on Monday. "Every week there are three games".

Tiemoue Bakayoko's poor first season in England following a big money move from Monaco continued as he was sent-off after just half an hour at Watford, whilst club record signing Alvaro Morata has struggled to fill Costa's shoes due to a mixture of inconsistent form and injury. "Sometimes things do not go the way you practice for, like now, but we have to wait because, in the end, we can still win a trophy". That's why football is special.

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