The Belgium star said that he
“hated” watching the competition
on television last season and
believes his side can go all the way
as they return

Eden Hazard has said that Chelsea
are capable of winning the
Champions League as they return
to the competition following a one-
year absence.

The Belgium superstar has won the
Premier League, League Cup and
Europa League with the Blues and
also claimed Ligue 1 and Coupe de
France medals at previous club Lille.

However, Chelsea’s sole success in
the Champions League came in the
season prior to his arrival and the
diminutive forward has been
frustrated in his quest for a
winners’ medal.

Hazard played his first domestic
match of the season in Saturday’s
2-1 win over Leicester City after
recovering from an ankle injury and
is in line to face Qarabag in
Chelsea’s Group C opener on

And the 26-year-old, who has in the
past been linked with Real Madrid, is
keen to make up for lost time.
“This year is really important. I have
reached the semi-final with
Chelsea [in 2014], when we lost to
Atletico Madrid, so it’s in my head
to win this trophy,” he told

“I have won the Premier League, I
have won the title in France, I have
won cups, but big players always
want to win the Champions League.

I think now it is time to win this. We
have a good squad, we have a good
manager, so we are ready for it.
“You want to play these kind of
games because every time you play
in the Champions League it’s a big
game and everybody is watching

“I hate having to watch it on TV, I
just want to be on the pitch. That
isn’t a good feeling so yes, we are
happy to be back.”

Chelsea’s title success under
Antonio Conte last season was
helped in part by their absence in
Europe and, having missed out on
several targets in the transfer
window, there are question marks
over the Blues’ squad coping with
an increased schedule.
But Hazard has no such fears.

“We’ve got seven games in three
weeks and it’s completely different
from last season, but we are
professionals and we understand
this kind of situation,” he added.

“We just want to play. If sometimes
players are tired, somebody else
can come into the team – we don’t
have a problem with that.

“Last year we had long weeks to
get ready for our Premier League
games at the weekend.

“This season will be different
because we’ll play on a Tuesday or
a Wednesday, but we have a good
team and we have a lot of good
players and I think the manager
knows that.
“He has the experience in both the
Premier League and Champions
League, so I think we can do that.”

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