Eden Hazard: Chelsea Is a contender But Manchester clubs are stronger
The Blues forward put in a good performance against Roma and he was positive about his side’s chances this season despite a bad spell of form
Eden Hazard thinks that Manchester City and Manchester United have gotten stronger this season but he added that Chelsea haven’t given up on winning the Premier League.
Chelsea’s 3-3 draw against Roma in the Champions League made it three matches without a win but Hazard’s brace rescued a point after they lost a 2-0 lead.
The Blues had lost to Manchester City and Crystal Palace ahead of the match on Wednesday night but Hazard thinks that his side can get over their recent blip in form.
“I don’t agree with that [that the title is gone].” Hazard said at Stamford Bridge. “I think the difference was that last year, Man City and Man United are stronger than last year. We are ready. We know that the Premier League is long so we will take time to be back [in contention for the title].
“Today, I scored, we should win this game because we were winning 2-0 at half time but at least we have the draw, it is not a bad result. We will do better against Roma in Italy next time.
“It is just a draw. We are not so happy but we are also happy that we didn’t concede a third defeat in a row so we just want to move on. Forget this game and now we have Watford for the weekend so we will try to win.
“I think we have a lot of players. All of them can play. I know for the players, sometimes it is important to rest and be on the bench. For me, as a person. I just want to play, I missed three months of football and I just want to be on the pitch but the manager makes his own decisions so we are happy with that.”
Chelsea’s recent dip in form has coincided with a number of injuries as N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater were all out of the match against Roma.
Alvaro Morata returned from his hamstring injury but David Luiz and Gary Cahill appeared to pick up minor injuries against the Serie A side. Hazard admits that Chelsea are still adapting again to playing two games a week, after a season away from European competitions last term.
“I think it is different this season because we play in the Champions League,” He added. “Last season was more easy because we didn’t play two games every week. We were more fresh. Now it is a bit different.
“We need to adapt to the situation, we will give everything but I think we are in the same level as last year. We have just two training sessions to be focused on the games. Last season, we had a whole week to be ready so it is a little bit different but we hope to adapt quickly.”