Hazard: Patience pays off in Cherries win

Eden Hazard believes the Blues demonstrated the correct mentality as we continued our 100 per cent start to 2018/19 with a 2-0 win over a stubborn Bournemouth side...

Hazard sealed the victory in the dying stages after Pedro came off the bench to open the scoring with less than 20 minutes to go, and the Belgian explained why a positive mindset is essential in these types of matches.

‘After the first half we talked together in the dressing room and said it was the kind of game where we need to be patient,’ he said. ‘When things are not good you need to be patient, you need to move the ball quick, like we did in the second half. Then when we have a chance we need to score and that’s what we did.

‘We have a lot of players who can score, Pedro did well and then we controlled the game so I think we deserved to win. A bit like Newcastle last week, it was a difficult game and Bournemouth defended well. We just need to keep the ball and move it quickly because in the first half we were a bit slower.’

Hazard also praised the impact of fellow substitute Olivier Giroud – who combined beautifully with Pedro when the Spaniard broke the deadlock, and feels their impact on the game demonstrates our strength in depth.

‘I think the players on the bench can start and the players in the starting 11 can be on the bench,’ he explained. ‘That’s why we are a good team – we have a lot of good players, not just the 11 on the pitch, we are a group. I am happy for Pedro and Olivier, and for all Chelsea fans.’

Our No10 also revealed how much he is enjoying his football after netting his second goal in as many games.

‘After a great World Cup, I am keeping going the same way,’ he enthused. ‘I’m confident and just enjoying playing, so I am at a good level. I’m confident, we have a lot of good players and a new manager – everything is going well.’

Looking at what the season could hold for the Blues, Hazard is delighted with the positive start, but with a long way still to go, he knows there will be challenges ahead.

‘I hope it will be a big season for the team,’ he said. ‘I know if I play good the team plays good, so I need to be ready for everything. The season is long and in the Premier League you never know – anything can happen – so we will fight until the end. We have 38 games and we have won four, but we can improve.

‘When we are winning, the manager always has a magic touch, but we know the Premier League is not easy and one day we will lose. When we lose a game, that’s where we can see if we are a good team.’