Hat-trick hero Eden Hazard says the Chelsea players are growing in confidence with every game after keeping our 100 per cent record going for a fifth match since the start of the season.
The Blues have won all five of our Premier League fixtures so far in 2018/19, the latest being yesterday’s 4-1 victory over Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge, thanks in no small part to three goals from Hazard.
However, we had to show composure and patience to achieve that result, having gone behind in the first half, but the Belgian and his team-mates never lost confidence that they could win the match.
‘We just keep the ball,’ explained our number 10. ‘We are patient, so we don’t go too fast too early. After 20 minutes the result was 1-0 for Cardiff, but we just kept playing our football and then, when we have the chance, we need to score, and that’s what we did.
‘The manager just wants Chelsea to keep the ball, and then when we can find a solution we need to find good passes between the lines, like Jorginho, Kovacic and Fabregas can do. So, we have a lot of good players, and at the moment we are in confidence, so we shoot, we score. We need to keep this momentum.
‘We have a lot of freedom on the pitch, not just the three in front but all over the pitch, so when we are in this condition we just need to take the ball and try something, and at the moment something happens, so that is very good.
‘When I’m on the pitch I’m just trying to create chances, score goals. A hat-trick comes with confidence, so I will try to do more of this.’
While we overcame that early set-back to finish the game with a three-goal winning margin, Hazard admits it was far from easy, and there is still plenty more to come from this Blues team as the season progresses.
‘The game was very tough,’ he added. ‘We knew, especially after the break, it’s always very hard to play a good game because you are all a bit tired, but at the end we got three points today. That’s what is important. I think, okay, we can play better, we should play better, but we scored four goals and it’s a good game for us.’
The first two of the Belgian’s three goals, which both came in the opening 45 minutes to give us the lead going into the break, were set-up by Olivier Giroud, as the duo resumed the partnership which had proved so successful in the second half of last season.
It was the first time both players had started a match this term, with Alvaro Morata taking the centre-forward role for our previous four league games, and having two accomplished strikers with very different styles and strengths is definitely something Hazard feels is benefiting the team.
‘Olivier’s a target man, maybe the best in the world, I think so. When he gets the ball he can hold the ball and we can go in deep with him, so for us it’s a pleasure to play with him. When Alvaro was playing it’s completely different, he’s a different player than Olivier, but they both have great qualities, so I’m happy to have good strikers in the team.’
- Hazard spoke to Chelsea TV after the game and you can see what he had to say in the video below.