While sitting fourth in the Premier League and having qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League may be most clubs’ dreams, its almost been a season of nightmares for Chelsea.
There is heavy speculation surrounding the future of Antonio Conte, with many reports expecting him to be sacked before the end of the season after a difficult season in charge, with the latest humiliation being the 4-1 defeat against Watford on Monday night.
Now, last season’s player of the year, Eden Hazard has offered a suggestion as to why last season’s champions have struggled this season.
Speaking to ESPN FC, Hazard said:
“I think the Premier League is difficult. It is hard to win every year.
“Last year we didn’t have the Champions League. This year we have less time to be ready for the games. Every week there are three games.”
However, despite the Blues struggles, the Belgian has admitted that it is the Premier League’s unpredictability makes it one of the most attractive Leagues in the world:
“That’s why we love football – if there is only one team that wins it would be boring. That’s why football is special.
“You never know what’s going to happen, especially in England.”
Hazard has scored just nine goals in 22 Premier League games this season, which is a marginally better goals per minute ratio than what he achieved last season, when he scored 16 goals in 36 appearances.