Hazard: A good reaction
NEWS Sun 3 Dec 2017
Eden Hazard believes the Blues reacted well to going a goal behind against Newcastle as we recorded a sixth win from our last seven Premier League games.
The Belgian was instrumental in us taking all three points, causing the Magpies problems throughout and scoring the equaliser, as well as our third goal from the penalty spot.
Hazard was happy with the end result, but believes the Blues need to be sharper from the start of fixtures and eradicate conceding sloppy goals.
‘It’s good to have a reaction like this, but at Stamford Bridge we cannot concede the first goal so we need to improve this,’ he said. ‘We were in trouble for the first 10 or 15 minutes, then we had a reaction – which is a good thing. Also we should have scored more goals because we produced a lot of chances, but at the end, we won the game.’
On another day, Hazard could have taken the matchball home, as Karl Darlow produced two particularly eye-catching saves from our No10, who had high praise for the Magpies shot-stopper.
‘For me, two goals is enough. Of course, I want to stay on the pitch and try to score another one, but I’ll keep that for the next game,’ he joked.
‘I have to say that is a great goalkeeper who saved two great chances. Like I say, I should score more goals, but two is good and we won the game.’
Discussing his spot-kick, which he dispatched coolly with a dink down the middle, he added: ‘In my head, when I have the ball in my hand, I just say to myself what is the best way to score? I knew the goalkeeper was going to dive so I tried to put it in the middle and it’s a goal, so it’s good. It’s a risk, but it’s a goal. In football, you have to take risks sometimes.’
The win has reduced the gap to leaders Manchester City to eight points before their game against West Ham this afternoon, and Hazard insists the Blues are focused on continuing our positive run of form.
‘We just keep doing what we are doing now,’ he stated. 'We are playing well, we are winning games and we just need them to lose points. We will see at the end of the season.’
On Friday’s World Cup draw, which has seen Belgium paired in Group G with England, he revealed: ‘I spoke with Gary Cahill and said, “Good luck against Belgium.” It is going to be a good game, not only with England, but against Panama and Tunisia. We will see – it’s a good draw for us and we are looking forward to playing England, for sure.’