Hazard: Bouncing back

After inspiring the Blues to victory over West Bromwich Albion last night, Eden Hazard praised the team for our performance and the manner in which we responded to recent results.

Hazard set us on our way after 25 minutes with a brilliantly-crafted goal, exchanging passes with Olivier Giroud and firing powerfully past Ben Foster, and after Victor Moses had made it 2-0 the Belgian capped a fine display by adding a third.

After the defeats to Bournemouth and Watford, Hazard said it was important to get back to winning ways.

‘We showed a response and did well in front of our fans,’ he said. ‘It’s always good to play this kind of game. It wasn’t a good moment for us because we lost two games but now we are back, we are Chelsea and we are the champions.

‘It was a good response to the two losses in the last two weeks. We have great players and we need to finish in the top four at the end of the season, that’s our target. We have 11 games to play between now and then and we have to give everything to achieve that.

‘Sometimes you win games, sometimes you lose. Last year we were champions and the most important thing is to be together, work together, talk together and that’s what we have done. Last night we showed great character defensively and offensively which was good.’

It was a positive night for the Chelsea strikers with Giroud making his first start for the club and Alvaro Morata returning from injury to play the last half-hour.

As well as having a hand in Hazard’s opening goal Giroud performed well throughout, holding the ball up under pressure and making intelligent runs, leaving Hazard impressed with his new team-mate.

‘We only played maybe half-hour against Watford together but I think he is a great target man,’ said the 27-year-old. ‘He has a lot of defenders around him so we are free to play around him, myself, Pedro and Willian.

‘He’s a good guy, a good target man and he can score a lot of goals. He’s a good point of reference but we have him, we have Alvaro and I can also play as a striker.’

Hazard’s brace against the Baggies took his tally to the season for 15, and after scoring a brilliant goal against Watford last week he has now netted three times in our past couple of matches, two of which have come from outside the penalty area.

‘I enjoyed both goals, especially when we win,’ said the Belgian. ‘Sometimes I think on the pitch I don’t shoot enough. Against Watford I did, and I scored, and last night also. I need to practice more, shoot more, but I have confidence at the moment so I hope I can score more goals. I just want to play, I’m happy on the pitch.’

We now face an important period across all competitions, with home games against Hull City and Barcelona, in the FA Cup and Champions League respectively, to come between now and next Tuesday, before successive Premier League away trips to Manchester United and Manchester City.

‘We are all together,’ Hazard said. ‘We have to work and win games. When you play for Chelsea you have to put this in your mind and give everything on the pitch.

‘We need to be in the top four, for the Champions League next season, and it would be good if we can take the FA Cup. We are also in the Champions League, it’s not easy to win the Champions League but we will go for everything.

‘We have a good team, we have good players. We have three months to play until the end of the season and we have to give everything to reach our targets. When you play for Chelsea the target has to be to win trophies.’

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News 12/02/2018