The Belgian forward who won virtually every ‘Player of the season’ award in England last season has started the 2015-16 season slow. Hazard was instrumental for Chelsea last term as the club romped to their first championship in five years. Chelsea’s second half of the campaign revolved around Hazard being the main man, with several key players like Matic, Fabregas and Costa missing out at one point or another.
The champions’ start to the season has been far from good after claiming only four points from their opening four games.
Manager Jose Mourinho singled out Hazard following defeat by Crystal Palace, claiming that trying to replicate last season’s standards should be a ‘good responsibility’ for the exciting forward – an assessment that the Belgian agrees with.
While talking with French sports daily L’Equipe, Hazard said:
It’s obvious,”You don’t need to know too much about football to compare what I did last season and what I did this season. I’m not as good.
It’s more of a collective problem than an individual one. We’re professionals. We knew this season was going to be more difficult… but within the squad we have the quality to bounce back.
Individually and collectively, we’re not up to scratch. Starting with me.
Hazard is currently away on international duty with the national team. Belgium are to play against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus Bin preparation for Euro 2016 qualifiers.
We had a difficult month in August. I hope that the international break will allow me to rediscover my form.