Chelsea fans can breathe easier on Monday, despite seeing the Blues drop their first Premier League points yesterday, with the reveal that starman Eden Hazard is feeling “200 per cent” fit.
In quotes to Sky Sports straight after the stalemate at the London Stadium Eden Hazard told the channel’s sports reporter; “I feel 200 per cent!”
“(Sunday) was hard; I missed a couple of passes, dribbles but I feel good. Confidence is up so I hope we can keep up our momentum to win games.”
“We knew it was a difficult place to come and win,” he said. “You can try and play behind the lines – and with the quality we have we should do better – but it’s hard when they have men behind the ball.”
Some may have been concerned after seeing Eden Hazard miss out on the Europa League trip last Thursday, with the club winning without the Belgian international against PAOK.
It was reported also in Sky Sports last week that Eden Hazard told manager Maurizio Sarri that he was feeling tired after the World Cup, recent national duty and the opening five Premier League fixtures;
“Eden Hazard, because he told me after the national team and the match against Cardiff he was a little bit tired, so I thought it was better to stay at Cobham, to have training and rest.”
West Ham did their part in closing down Hazard throughout the 0-0 on Sunday, the restricted space to get those killer balls in just wasn’t there and it may be that the manager and the Belgian will have to figure out some alternatives.
The Hammers have laid down a blueprint to how to close down the Blues’ top goalscorer so it will be interesting to see how other clubs set up in the upcoming fixtures.