Chelsea winger Eden Hazard showers praise on FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard showers praise on FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi

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.

Despite having restored domestic dominance in some style during Antonio Conte's first season at the helm, the decision was taken to tinker with a star-studded squad.

That refresh has not gone entirely to plan, with Conte falling under ever-increasing pressure after seeing his side hit a serious slump which has uncomfortable questions being asked of the playing and coaching staff.

The Premier League champions and La Liga's leaders meet in one of the most attractive last-16 ties later this month, with Chelsea's star forward poised for his latest chance to shine on the biggest stage.

Despite their disappointing form, Hazard still believes Chelsea can look back on this season as a success if they keep fighting in the cup competitions.

"Sometimes things do not go the way you practice for, like now, but we have to wait because, in the end, we can still win a trophy". "That's why football is special", the midfielder added. "You never know what's going to happen, especially in England".

Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to finish in the Premier League's top four this season. "It is hard to win every year", Hazard said. This year we have less time to be ready for the games.

"From the start of my experience with Chelsea they try to stay behind me in every game and they continue to do this and I am happy and proud for this".

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