Eden Hazard found it difficult to decide whether Sunday afternoon’s result at Old Trafford was a point gained or two points lost as he reflected on the 1-1 draw and a set of weekend scores which kept Chelsea in fourth place in the Premier League table.
The Belgian and his team-mates recovered from a goal conceded in the first 15 minutes of the game, when his former Chelsea colleague Juan Mata scored.
‘I think it is 50-50,’ Hazard decided on whether it was a good result or not.
‘At the end we could score a goal and win the game but in the end we tried to play our football and a draw in the game is not a bad result.
‘Now we have to play one game at home and one away so we will try to get the points we need.
‘We started a bit slowly and we conceded a goal but in this game we had a reaction, that was the good thing, and we scored a goal. In the second half, I don’t remember one chance for Man United, so I think we played a good game. We just need bit of determination to score the goal that is maybe the difference between a draw and a win, but 1-1 is a fair result.’
With under-pressure David De Gea having made a mistake that led to Chelsea’s equaliser, when the Spaniard could not hold Toni Rudiger’s shot so allowing De Gea’s compatriot Marcos Alonso to score, Hazard was asked if Chelsea further tested the Man United goalie as much as we should.
‘It is hard because they were playing well defensively also,’ he pointed out. ‘We tried to attack as much as possible and we could have scored in the last action but when you think like that, we could do a bit better in the offensive phase but I think we did well on the day.’
Chelsea’s haul of two points from our past two games is better than some of the teams around us, over the recent run of games. Man United have taken one from their last three Premier League matches and Arsenal none, while Tottenham have one win to show from their three.
‘I think you can see the pressure a bit,’ reckons Hazard. ‘We want to play in the Champions League next season and that is why at the end of the game we can think a draw is not too bad.
‘Now we have two games to play, the next one is Watford at home, that is not an easy game again, but I think we can finish in the top four. If we win both it is better but I don’t think all the teams will win both. We will see at the end.’