Despite dominating the first half against Everton on Sunday, Chelsea collapsed in the second half and lost 2-0 as our top four hopes suffered a setback.
Following the defeat to Everton on Sunday, Graeme Souness has warned Chelsea’s trophy-winning days are over.
The Blues have won 15 trophies since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, but face a battle to make the top four this season in the Premier League. Chelsea are currently two points off fourth placed Arsenal with eight games left to play.
“It’s difficult times ahead for Chelsea,” Souness on Sky Sports.
“I think there’s a big sea change in how they see things going forward. I don’t think they will be winning trophies in the immediate future.
“If you are Hazard, you are one of the best players in the world, and you are thinking I’m now arguably at the peak of my career and I want to be winning the big trophies. Will that happen at Chelsea? I don’t think so. They look like they will struggle to get into the top four. Chelsea have a big decision to make, do they cash in or let him walk in 15 months?”
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes Eden Hazard will leave Chelsea if the Blues fail to qualify for Champions League next season.
“Hazard is the key,” Redknapp said. “He went to Chelsea for the Champions League but if they don’t get in it this year then it gives him an excuse to leave.
“He seems incredibly loyal and obviously loves the club, but he has a real predicament if they don’t get into the Champions League, and so do the club, because it’s an opportunity to cash in, but you can’t buy anybody to replace him.
“When they won titles they had Didier Drogba, one of the great centre-forwards, and they had Diego Costa. I don’t think they have that person now. I think the fans have to be patient.
“They have to try to keep hold of Hazard but if they can’t I want to see the players like Callum Hudson-Odoi given a chance. The fans want to see young players get a chance.”