Photo: Tony O’Brien/Action Images via Reuters

Chelsea have been great this season, and it has made all of us to forget about last season’s woes.

Last season was a terrible one for the club, and to imagine that we flirted with relegation made it a nightmare. But this season has been great and Chelsea are gunning for the title. Eden Hazard believes the team doesn’t want to be like last season and has hailed Antonio Conte for providing enough motivation to fuel the team’s passion.

He said in an interview with the Telegraph: “More motivation because you don’t want to be the same as last season [when Chelsea finished 10th in the Premier League as defending champions]. You want to be better and you know you are a better player, so you know you have to do better. The whole team – it’s not just about my situation – but everyone was in a bad moment. Yes, we all have something to prove.”

He then admitted that Conte has made a difference. “Fantastic manager. He gives the spirit to the team,” Hazard says. “Of course, we have worked a lot and hard. But if that’s the key to winning games, we will work hard. For me, it is a privilege to play with this manager, and I hope we can achieve something together.”

“Sometimes in the dressing room he says some words just to you, personally, and then you think ‘Yes, it’s true’. So you have to do something in the game. Like, for example, against West Ham I missed two [training] sessions during the week, and he told me: ‘OK, this week you didn’t run, but on the pitch, do something.’ And I scored, so he was happy. Sometimes some words can make the difference.”

About the Author

Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.