Chelsea newbies take the load off Hazard
EDEN Hazard expects to enjoy playing with greater freedom and less pressure on his shoulders this season, as English Premier League leaders Chelsea demonstrate their strength in depth by challenging for four trophies, including the Champions League.
Hazard, who flickered without dazzling for Belgium at the World Cup, has been impressed by how quickly the Blues' new arrivals have settled in at Stamford Bridge, and praised Spain duo, striker Diego Costa and midfielder Cesc Fabregas, for the immediate impact they have made at the club.
"Last season, I scored a lot of goals and maybe this season I can make a lot more passes forward, because Costa is one of the best and he can score," said the winger. "It's my job to score, but it's also my job to make assists as well."
Hazard was Chelsea's leading scorer with 14 Premier League goals, including four penalties, last season. But Costa's arrival - with four goals in his first three outings - has changed the dynamic in Chelsea's attacking play, easing the pressure on the Belgian.
"The new players have settled in very well. I enjoy playing with the best players in the squad and I'm very happy," he was quoted telling Chelsea TV by the London Evening Standard.
"We have a very competitive team and we want more than last season.
"Last season, we played well, but we didn't win any trophies, so we want more. We can win four trophies and I hope we can compete in the two Cups, the Premier League and Champions League, for a long time throughout the year.
"Costa can score in every game and Cesc is one of the best midfielders in the world. Cesc can score as well and make good assists."
Table-topping Chelsea, who impressed with a 6-3 win at Everton in their last outing, meet second-placed Swansea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, with both Hazard and Costa expected to recover from slight injuries and play.