Reaction: Switching it up

Eden Hazard and Willian, two of the stars in last night’s win over Huddersfield, highlighted the movement going forward as a key factor in our success.

That pair and Pedro operated in a fluid front three that continually dragged the home side’s defence apart. Willian and Pedro both got on the scoresheet, while Hazard shone again and was named the man of the match.

The Belgian singled out the first goal, converted by Tiemoue Bakayoko, as a prime example of the team linking up to great effect in Yorkshire.

‘It was good movement,’ Hazard said. ‘The manager wanted us to move a lot.

‘We tried to not always stay in the same position. On the first goal it was this. Willian moved, I saw him, I passed to him, he passed to Bakayoko and then it’s a goal.’

Willian agreed with his good friend Hazard.

‘We had a great game,’ he said.

‘We had possession, we tried to move the ball, we created a lot of chances and scored three goals. Now we have to carry on.’

Hazard also pinpointed the team’s quick return to form after Saturday’s setback in east London as an added boost for confidence. He knows how important this busy time of the year is.

‘We have a lot of games in a short period. Last year we didn’t have this because we weren’t in the Champions League, but since I came to Chelsea, for six years now it has been the same. We can deal with that. We have a lot of players. Of course you want to rest a little bit more, but it’s not possible.

‘We had a bad game against West Ham. When things happen like this we need to bounce back. We did that, and we scored three goals. I think the fans are happy, we are happy, so now let’s move forward for the game against Southampton at Stamford Bridge.’

Hazard and Willian reflect on the win at Huddersfield

News 12/12/2017