Analysis

Hazard: Time to shine

Eden Hazard says confidence remains high after yesterday’s draw at West Ham and we will take that in to our next league outing against Liverpool on Saturday.

The Belgian has been in sparkling form recently but by his own admission didn’t reach those heights at the London Stadium where we were held to a goalless draw by a dogged West Ham display.

In his assessment of yesterday’s match, Hazard brought to mind the corresponding fixture in 2017/18 and ultimately decided a point was a satisfactory outcome this time out.

‘It was a bit like last season when we lost 1-0,’ he said. ‘We know it is a difficult place to come and win.

‘It was the kind of game where you can try to play between the lines, but it is always hard because they had 10 behind the ball. With the quality we have, we should do better.

‘We could have won because we missed a lot of chances, but we also could have lost. We are not happy with the draw because we want to win games, but when you see the chances they had, I think we can be happy. The draw was fair.’

Hazard is already looking forward to our next league assignment against table-toppers Liverpool, the same opposition we meet in the Carabao Cup in midweek. Although our perfect start to the season came to an end in east London, the attacker, who is up for a spot in the FIFA FIFPro World XI tonight, says the Blues are full of belief at the moment. 

‘Next weekend we play Liverpool at home. I hope we can keep this momentum and keep winning games. 

‘Everyone can score goals and create chances, so that’s why we have been good. We need to keep playing like this and we have confidence at the moment to do so. 

‘Liverpool is the kind of game where you want to shine, so we will I hope.’

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