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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has claimed that the players should consider improving massively if they are to get three points from their opening league match against Burnley. Hazard’s statements came after the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Werder Bremen in the final pre-season friendly for the London club. After resisting the lure to tour the world for their pre-season, Jose Mourinho was signing prior to the match that Werder Bremen represented their ideal opponents. However, this heavy defeat has raised questions about this Chelsea team, which has seen substantial changes during the summer.
Hazard recently returned to pre-season training following his extended break because of World Cup duties. The 23-year-old had a disappointing tournament after contributing almost nothing, apart from a few assists, for Belgium at the World Cup. He will be keen to put behind this disappointment by once again playing a starring role for Chelsea. The burden on his shoulders to create chances for Chelsea will be reduced following the arrival of Cesc Fabregas for £ 30 million from Barcelona. Even though Mourinho started with a number of his key players, they conceded two soft penalties and one poor goal to suffer this heavy defeat.
Chelsea take on Burnley in an away match for the first league match of the season. The blues have failed to win the league title since the 2009-10 season.
“I don’t know what we learned but we try to improve and be ready for the first game. It was difficult against Bremen, pre-season always is, but we will see after two weeks. We played against a small team and they tried to give 100 per cent against Chelsea. For them it is always important. I’m happy to be back on the pitch with the team. I tried to give my best but it was my first minutes and it was difficult,” said Hazard.
Real Madrid are edging closer to clinching the signing of Colombian winger James Rodriguez from AS Monaco.
The 23 year old was the recipient of the Golden Boot as the top scorer in the World Cup with six goals as he led the Colombian to the quarter finals in a team that lacked their biggest star in the form of Radamel Falcao. And that led to his stock rising manifolds with many European heavyweights keen on bringing the former FC Porto player to their clubs.
Real Madrid is keen to bring in the winger to the Santiago Bernabeu as they look to ship Argentine winger Angel di Maria with several Premier League clubs interested in his services and are willing to use the cash from his sale to fund a move for Rodriguez.
Chelsea manager José Mourinho has once again come in with full praise of midfielder Eden Hazard by saying that the Belgian international has the ability to create something out of nothing. He says that such players will be crucial to the Chelsea success in the coming years. Hazard is regarded as one of the best young players in the world. Last season was his most successful for Chelsea after scoring almost 20 goals and creating the same number through assists. Even though there were suggestions of fallout between Hazard and Mourinho towards the end of last season, it seems that they have made the differences.
Chelsea have already sold a couple of stars like Juan Mata and David Luiz in the last few months. There has been a suggestion that Hazard could also be sold in the summer transfer window. However, Mourinho has ruled out the departure of the 23-year-old by saying that he is one of the important players for Chelsea. It seems that he is planning to build a team around Hazard. The youngster is currently with the Belgian international team at the World Cup looking to get his team to the latter stages of the competition. Belgium will be taking on the United States in the last 16.
“I understand this beauty and these magic moments he [Hazard] brings to the game are what the fans enjoy the most. Obviously the fans enjoy and respect people like Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry – people that are so stable during the season and do an incredible job for the team – but people like Eden bring the magic and win matches in one action. They have the flair and the artist’s touch of the football. Next season will be very, very difficult, even more so,” said Mourinho.