Eden Hazard reflects on Chelsea's failed Premier League title defence

Eden Hazard reflects on Chelsea's failed Premier League title defence

This weekend they take on local rivals Tottenham, with victory seen as crucial if Arsenal are to haul themselves back into contention for Champions League qualification.

Chelsea FC won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season after the Blues finished seven points clear of their closest challengers Tottenham.

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.

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Arsenal missed out on a top four place for the first time in 20 years last season and had to settle for the Europa League.

"It was a game we couldn't afford to lose", the Frenchman said.

The Belgian has firmly established himself among the best players in the Premier League, and the world, since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2012. Past year we didn't have the Champions League. "Every week there are three games".

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Eden Hazard feels it was always going to prove hard for Chelsea to mount a successful Premier League title defence on their return to Europe.

Chelsea won the league in Conte's first season in charge, and they made a decision to switch up the squad over the break.

"We have shown that we have the quality and conditions to fight until the end of the season", Valencia added. "You never know what's going to happen, especially in England".

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Chelsea play West Brom in the Premier League on Monday and Hull at home in the FA Cup on Friday - after which they face Barcelona at home in the Champions League and away trips to Manchester United and Manchester City in the league.

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