Eden Hazard yesterday gave his reaction to completing his best league season for Chelsea in terms of goals scored and goals created, if not for team trophies won, and the man who is officially the Premier League’s Playmaker of the Season for 2018/19 has been further reviewing the state of play.
Naturally, Hazard says he will view this season as a much more successful one should we lift a trophy in Azerbaijan at the end of the month but he knows there is a big gap to close to Manchester City and Liverpool ahead of us.
‘When you look at the season they are far better than us and if we want to compete with them next season we need to do it better, that is it, it is that simple.
‘We need to win games and in football if you don’t win, you are in trouble so we will go to the final, then we will go on holiday and then we will see next season.’
So how should the Blues approach next season? The basis is there to raise our points total Hazard reckons.
‘If we come with the same philosophy as this season and try to play football like we try to do it, but in a better way,’ is the answer he says.
Although the Premier League trophy proved well beyond us this season, Hazard is still pleased to have finished above local rivals Tottenham and Arsenal.
‘We are the best team in London, I have no doubt about that. The league is so competitive it is hard to be in the top four but we have achieved this, we have worked very hard altogether during the season and we did a great job. We lost some games of course, we could do better, yes, but at the end the target is to be in the top four and we are.
‘It has been one of my best seasons in terms of goal contribution but you want to win collective trophies so we can go to Baku and win a trophy, and if we win a trophy and finish in the top four, it is still a great season.’
With speculation continuing on Hazard’s future, the player is not allowing that to concern him in the build-up to the Europa League final, but said that he informed the club of his decision a couple of weeks ago.
‘We have a final to play and we will see. I made my decision but it is not just about me. You never let it affect you when you are on the pitch, you try to be focused.’