Hazard:”Europe exit could be a blessing in disguise”

Hazard:”Europe exit could be a blessing in disguise”

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Hazard has been a key man for the Blues this season

In an interview with French sport paper L’equipe, Eden Hazard has revealed that the Blues early exit from  from the Champions League  may be a “blessing in disguise.”

Despite being in very good form this season, the Belgian was unable to save his side from elimination, as ten men PSG twice came from behind to book their place in quarter finals of the competition.

Hazard though remains adamant that despite that defeat, the Blues are  in a good place and should at the very least benefit from their early exit.

He said:”We were a little disapointed. At home against 10 men, when you lead twice you should qualify.

“But on the other hand, if we had gone through to the quarter finals, the fixture list would have been so hard to try and continue on all fronts. Its perhaps a blessing in disguise. We could have lost everything.”

“Over the two games, Paris deserve their qualification. They played better than we did. Now we only have the league. 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.”

English teams have been disappointing in Europe this season, as Chelsea, Arsenal and Man city all exited the competition at the knock out stages, while Liverpool, Spurs an Everton also suffered early elimination from the Europa League.

Hazard said:”The English league takes so much energy. After that, its hard to move onto the European competitions.

“When you know that at the weekend you have a difficult game at West Ham, at Stoke, at Hull and that you have to play a top European team during the week.

“Its also just a bad year. We were not lucky. Arsenal played a really good second game against Monaco. They could have gone through just like us.”

Despite their Champions league defeat, the Blues are on course for a double, much to the delight of Hazard who has contributed to the teams success, with 11 goals and six assists so far this season.

He added:”I am happy with it. I am continuing my apprenticeship. People expect Eden to score 30-40 goals a season. I don’t think about doing that, I am  not like that.

“If there is a point on which I can work on, it’s of course to be more clinical, to play more for myself, to score more goals. But I am having a great season. I will perhaps have two trophies, and that will be a great.

“Yes I will improve, because I play with and against great players. I have to up my game. I am gaining experience. There are big games every weekend. Each year I discover new qualities. This season I am scoring with the head. Who would have thought it? I have improved.”