Eden Hazard believes winning the Europa League will cap off a solid season for the Blues, with the Belgian stating that Chelsea’s target is always to pick up silverware.
The Blues have secured Champions League football at Stamford Bridge for next season, following our third-place finish in the Premier League, and now Hazard wants to see us end the campaign by beating Arsenal to the Europa League trophy in Baku this evening.
‘Yes, I think that when the season begins at Chelsea, your target is always to win something,’ Eden explained.
‘We have given our all to win the Europa League this season. It’s a long competition and now that we’ve got to the end of it, I think that the club’s target is to win it, especially as we haven’t won any other trophies.
‘To win a trophy would be great, but I don’t think that the season has been all that bad. We finished in the top three, reached the League Cup final and if we win the Europa League, I think it’ll have been a very good season.’
The Belgian missed the 2013 final through injury, but watched on as the Blues defeated Benfica 2-1 in Amsterdam with Branislav Ivanovic’s late strike securing victory.
Now, with the chance to play a big part in this year’s final, how does our No.10 feel about lifting the trophy this time around and how does it compare to that victory of 2013?
‘It’s different, of course,’ recalled Eden. ‘The other final was six years ago. You always want to play in a final. I want to be out on the pitch and to play well but, above all, the most important thing is to bring back the trophy.
‘If I’m just thinking on a personal level about 2013, I was disappointed not to be on the pitch because I always want to play, especially in finals and European finals. However the most important thing was to win the match.
‘We won and I was very happy for the team and for the club. When I think back to the match it wasn’t easy but we did well. In the end, the most important thing is to win and that’s what we want this time around.
‘The final is what everyone wants to be involved in and hopefully we can lift the trophy.’