EDEN HAZARD admits he was like a ‘ghost’ for Chelsea last season.
The Blues endured a miserable time under Jose Mourinho and then interim boss Guus Hiddink last time out as they failed to defend their title.
Chelsea finished a disappointing 10th as they won just 12 league games.
Eden Hazard didn’t live up to expectations too as he managed just four goals for the Blues in England’s top flight.
And the Belgian, who won the PFA Player of the Year award for the 2014/15 campaign, is well aware his performances weren’t up to scratch last term.
“I learned a lot,” Hazard told Fox Sports.
“Sometimes you are at the top like we were two years ago and sometimes it is difficult for everyone.
“For me, I was the best player two years ago, but last season I was like a ghost.
“I want to be the best again and win titles.”
The attacker looks to be back to his best under Antonio Conte however, and already boasts nine goals to his name.
And Hazard’s quest for a second Premier League title looks well and truly on with Chelsea five points clear of Liverpool at the top with 20 games played.
Chelsea star tipped to leave Stamford Bridge soon
MARTIN KEOWN says John Terry’s time at Chelsea could be coming to an end.
Terry returned to captain Chelsea in their FA Cup win over Peterborough yesterday.
The 36-year-old has struggled for form and fitness under Antonio Conte this season, starting just four top-flight matches for the Premier League leaders.
And his comeback was cut short as Terry was sent off midway through the second-half at Stamford Bridge.
The former England international will be out of contract with the Blues in the summer and Keown isn’t sure how much longer he will stick around in west London.
He has tipped Terry to head across the pond in the not-so-distant future, telling the Daily Mail: “John Terry’s worst nightmare became reality on Sunday.
“After spending so long on the sidelines he comes into the team and gets sent off.
“It looks like the beginning of the end for him at Chelsea.
“When you get past a certain age it’s always tough to wrestle your career back after it starts slipping away.
“Chelsea have been magnificent without him this year, breaking the club record for wins in a row, and have conceded just 15 league goals this season in 20 games.
“Cesar Azpilicueta is far more mobile than him in Antonio Conte’s back three.
“So getting sent off will do Terry no favours. He is not being picked and there is no talk of a new contract so I think he could well be off to America soon.”
Chelsea want to sign Fernando Llorente ‘for sure’; send Batshuayi on loan — report
Tonight’s Michy Batshuayi update involves Sky Sports taking the previous rumors from Italy — namely that Chelsea might be interested in Llorente, possibly sending Batshuayi the other way on loan — and sprinkling in a bit of “Spanish football expert” Guillem Balague, who reveals that Chelsea want to sign Llorente “for sure”.
And yet, “Sky sources understand” that no contact’s actually been made between Chelsea and Swansea City. Seems an odd way to go about making a deal, not making any contact, but we can’t all be Ed Woodwards.
More on Llorente. No contacts yet but… Conte wants him for sure. CFC plans to send some players on loan and Llorente to fill a gap if so pic.twitter.com/JNr5KCuA8d
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 8, 2017
As usual, when asked about transfer rumors, Conte simply stonewalled, though he also made sure to point out that he’s happy with the squad as is.
“I repeat always in the same, in this period – I don’t like to talk about players of the other teams because it is not respectful to the player and for the team.”
-Antonio Conte; Source: Sky Sports
Michy Batshuayi finally earned his chance to start on Sunday, contributing with a goal, an assist, and generally good play in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Peterborough United in the FA Cup. Was that enough to change whatever plans may have in store for him this month? We shall have to wait and see.