Eden Hazard says our slow start in Saturday evening’s match against Tottenham left us with a mountain to climb and believes the Blues have to learn from the defeat and put it behind us...
Trailing 2-0 to goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane after 16 minutes, we struggled to find a response against a well-drilled Spurs side who inflicted our first Premier League loss of the campaign and brought our 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions to an end.
‘We didn’t play a good game and everybody could see that,’ said Hazard. ‘We started the game very badly and conceded two goals early. Against this kind of team, when you are 2-0 down, it is hard to come back. We tried but it was not enough.
‘It is hard to start a game after 15 minutes when we have conceded two goals. We tried, but then we pushed and conceded another one at the start of the second half. We had a bad game and we just need to forget about this and move forward. We need to analyse everything and then maybe talk together, and try to win again.’
Things could perhaps have been different had referee Martin Atkinson awarded us a penalty with the game poised at 1-0 when Juan Foyth bundled Hazard to the ground inside the box. The Belgian also went down nearer the half-time interval, but he will not be dwelling on those incidents.
‘I think the first one is a penalty,’ he said. ‘It is the decision of the referee – sometimes right, sometimes not – but I can’t blame him, it is part of the game and I don’t want to find an excuse, I think we played a bad game.
‘It was not just about the penalty, I think the whole team did badly. They have top players and are a good team, which we saw last year at Stamford Bridge. We were a bit down, but we need to get back on the pitch, train hard and win games again.’