Chelsea star Eden Hazard says that the club may very well benefit from their early Champions League exit by winning the Premier League title. Despite the numerous successes in the last decade, Chelsea have not won the league title since the 2009-10 season. Jose Mourinho looks set to end this drought, as the blues have a six-point advantage and a game in hand going into the last two months of action. The blues had the ambition of lifting the treble, but it came to an early end after being knocked out by PSG in the last 16 stage of the Champions League.
Their main title rivals – Arsenal and Manchester City – were also knocked out from this competition. If Chelsea had progressed to the quarter-finals, Mourinho’s men would have been at a serious disadvantage having to concentrate between matches in the Premier League and a top European encounter in the midweek. Reflecting on the European exit, Hazard said:
“We were a little disappointed. At home against 10 men, when you lead twice you should qualify.
“But on the other hand, if we had gone through to the quarterfinals the fixture list would have been so hard to try and continue on all fronts. It is perhaps a blessing in disguise. We could have lost everything.
“Our Champions League exit has not left a scar. We are going to have to win as many matches as possible to win a second trophy after the League Cup. That would be a good season.”
The Belgian international has been having a fine season so far. He has been one of the club’s most consistent players over the last few years. The 24-year-old demonstrated this point with a complete performance against Hull City in the 3-2 win. He took his season’s tally to 11 league goals with a fine long-range effort to open the scoring. Hazard looks on course to beat last season’s league tally of 14 goals and seven assists.
Chelsea can potentially open a nine-point advantage due to their game in hand, but they also have difficult matches against top teams like Manchester United and Arsenal between now and end of the season. Having already lifted the League Cup, Chelsea may feel little less pressure than the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.